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Deliver Us from Evil : The Radical Underground in Britain, 1660-1663 - Richard L. Greaves

Deliver Us from Evil

The Radical Underground in Britain, 1660-1663

Hardcover Published: 8th May 1986
ISBN: 9780195039856
Number Of Pages: 291

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After more than two decades of unprecedented political, social, and religious upheaval, revolutionary thought and activity in Britain continued to thrive even after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. This highly original study, which draws on the reports of both police and informers, follows the "radical underground" in England from the eve of the Restoration to the collapse of the northern rebellion in 1663. In a tale that winds its way across England and into Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, Greaves examines how radicals remained united in their common animosity to monarchy, prelacy, taxes, and popery. Although ultimately unsuccessful, their conspiracies and rebellions nonetheless fueled the drive for the repression of Nonconformists, prompted the state to cultivate an elaborate network of informers, and heightened the concern for domestic security.

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"Displays massive research, and is written with a light and lucid touch...A valuable and important addition to the literature."--Albion "An important book...[Greaves] has for the first time undertaken the laborious task of collecting all the evidence for the years 1660-3...The result is a quite new picture of the first three years of Charles II's reign...This is a most valuable work, which should make all students of the period do a lot of rethinking."--Christopher Hill, Labour/Le Travail "A very wlecome modern account of a subject which has been almost entirely neglected since W.C. Abbot's work on it at the beginning of the century...Lucid and generally well documented."--EHR "The first thorough account of the radical nonconformist underground in Britain during the years after the Stuart Restoration...A detailed and highly interesting account."--History: Reviews of New Books "No historian has put all of these plots and revolts together in one single work...The scholarship is extremely sound and exhaustively researched and, like most things Professor Greaves writes, the book is written in a clear and crisp style."--Leo Solt, Indiana University at Bloomington

Introductionp. 3
Radicals and Reformersp. 4
The Radical Communityp. 8
The Radicals and the Governmentp. 12
The Historical Perspectivep. 15
"An Antichristian Generation": Radicals and the Restorationp. 21
Climate of Hostilityp. 22
Radical Activity and the Government's Responsep. 27
The White Plotp. 35
The Welsh Radicalsp. 40
Dissidents in Irelandp. 43
Scotland at the Restorationp. 45
"A Door of Hope": From Venner's Rising to Nonsuch Housep. 49
The Vennerite Insurrectionp. 50
The Sectaries in Venner's Wakep. 57
Underground Rumblingsp. 65
The Presbyterian Plotp. 70
The Yarrington Plotp. 72
The Nonsuch House Plottersp. 78
Radical Tracesp. 81
"The Glory Is Departed": Radicals and the Great Ejectionp. 87
Restless Spiritsp. 87
The Exile Community in 1661-62p. 91
To St. Bartholomew's and Beyondp. 95
"That Stupendious Tragedie": The Tong Plotp. 109
A Harvest of Discontentp. 109
The Tong Plotp. 112
Security and Indulgencep. 129
"The Horrid Conspiracy": The Dublin Plotp. 135
Irish Nonconformityp. 136
Years of Disaffectionp. 138
The Dublin Plotp. 140
Securing the Realmp. 151
From Derwentdale to Kaber Rigg: Risings in the Northp. 159
Radical Traces and False Leadsp. 159
The Road to Derwentdalep. 165
Frustrated Hopes and Rising Tensionsp. 168
The Northern Risings: Interpreting the Evidencep. 174
Rebel Councilsp. 176
Farnley Wood, Kaber Rigg, and Woodham Moorp. 183
Investigation and Suppressionp. 192
Aftershocksp. 201
"Yet One Warning More": The Radical Pressp. 207
The Radical Press at the Restorationp. 207
A Phoenix, Portents and Prodigiesp. 211
L'Estrange's Campaign Against Dissident Printers and Publishersp. 216
Afterwordp. 227
Abbreviationsp. 231
Notesp. 235
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 269
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780195039856
ISBN-10: 0195039858
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 8th May 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.0  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.64

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