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Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History : London and the Restoration, 1659-1683 - Gary S. De Krey

Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

London and the Restoration, 1659-1683


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Articulate and restless London citizens were at the heart of political and religious confrontation in England from the Interregnum through the great crisis of church and state that marked the last years of Charles II's reign. The same Reformed Protestant citizens who took the lead in toppling the Rump in 1659-60 took the lead in demanding a new Protestant settlement after 1678. In the interval, their demands for liberty of conscience challenged the Anglican order, while their arguments about consensual government in the city challenged loyalist political assumptions. Dissenting and Anglican identities developed in specific locales within the city, rooting the Whig and Tory parties of 1679-83 in neighbourhoods with different traditions and cultures. London and the Restoration integrates the history of the kingdom with that of its premier locality in the era of Dryden and Locke, analysing the ideas and the movements that unsettled the Restoration regime.

"Good things are worth waiting for...Gary De Krey's new study certainly proves that old adage...De Krey writes lucidly, deftly combining narrative with analysis to produce both clarity of exposition and depth of interpretive insight." -H-Albion "Much of the work consists of a rich and lively narrative of civic politics and its interaction with national poitics throughout the period. Its account of the events of the winter of 1659-60, focused on the actions of London's civic leaders, provides a welcome new perspective which helps to suggest how the actions of General Monck, so often regarded as the skillfully enigmatic architect of the Restoration of Charles II, are perhaps more accurately to be seen as an uncertain response to the changing balance of power in the capital." -Paul Seawadr, History of Parliament, London, The Catholic Historical Review "De Krey's book is a timely reminder of the insights to be gained from placing the capital under the microscope: it emphasizes the impact of the metropolis on the wider polity, and it allows sharper definition of the issues that led to conflict...Historians of the Restoration...will be profoundly grateful for the careful presentation of topographical and prosopographical data on the first Whigs and Tories and over two hundred early dissenting leaders." -George Southcombe, University of Oxford, Journal of Modern History

Crisis, 1659û1660: Introduction
London and the origins of the Restoration, 1659û60
Settlement and Unsettlement, 1660û1679
The restoration settlement and an unsettled city, 1660û1670
Protestant dissent and the emergence of a civic opposition, 1670û1679
Crisis, 1679û1682
Parliament and Protestantism in crisis: the emergence of parties in London, 1679û1681
The contest for the city, 1681û2
Party matters: communities, ideas, and leaders in a divided city, 1679û82
Crisis and Conspiracy, 1682û1683
The London Whigs between law and resistance: conscience, consent and conspiracy, 1682û3
Conclusion: London and the end of the restoration
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ISBN: 9780521840712
ISBN-10: 0521840716
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 498
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.9