Contesting the English Polity, 1660-1688: Religion, Politics, and Ideas (Studies in Early Modern Cultural #49) (Hardcover)

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Contesting the English Polity, 1660-1688: Religion, Politics, and Ideas (Studies in Early Modern Cultural #49) (Hardcover)

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What did people in Restoration England think the correct relationship between church state should be? And how did this thinking evolve?

Based on the author's published essays, revised and updated with a new overarching introduction, this book explores the debates in Restoration England about "godly rule". The book assesses some of the crucial transitions in English history: how the late Reformation gave way to the early Enlightenment; how Royalism became Toryism and Puritanism became Whiggism; how the power of churchmen was challenged by virulent anticlericalism; how the verities of "divine right" theory revived and collapsed. Providing a distinctive account of English thought in the era between the two revolutions of the Stuart century, "Contesting the English Polity, 1660-1688" discusses the ideological foundations of emerging party politics, and the deep intellectual roots of competing visions for the commonwealth, placing the power of religion, and the taming of religion, squarely alongside constitutional battles within secular politics.
Product Details ISBN: 9781783277360
ISBN-10: 178327736X
Publisher: Boydell Press
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: Studies in Early Modern Cultural