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Divine Right and Democracy : An Anthology of Political Writing in Stuart England - David Wootton

Divine Right and Democracy

An Anthology of Political Writing in Stuart England

Paperback Published: 1st March 2003
ISBN: 9780872206533
Number Of Pages: 512

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The seventeenth century was England’s century of revolution, an era in which the nation witnessed protracted civil wars, the execution of a king, and the declaration of a short-lived republic. During this period of revolutionary crisis, political writers of all persuasions hoped to shape the outcome of events by the force of their arguments. To read the major political theorists of Stuart England is to be plunged into a world in which many of our modern conceptions of political rights and social change are first formulated.

David Wootton's masterly compilation of speeches, essays, and fiercely polemical pamphlets--organized into chapters focusing on the main debates of the century--represents the first attempt to present in one volume a broad collection of Stuart political thought. In bringing together abstract theorizing and impassioned calls to arms, anonymous tract writers and King James I, Wootton has produced a much-needed collection; in combination with the editor’s thoughtful running commentary and invaluable Introduction, its texts bring to life a crucial period in the formation of our modern liberal and conservative theories.

Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 21
Absolutism and the Ancient Constitutionp. 22
Democracy: the People and the Multitudep. 38
From Duty to Self-Interestp. 58
A Technical Notep. 87
The Divine Right of Kingsp. 91
An Homily against Disobedience and Wylful Rebellion (1570)p. 94
James VI and I, The Trew Law of Free Monarchies (1598)p. 99
James VI and I, A Speech to the Lords and Commons of the Parliament at White-Hall (1610)p. 107
Robert Filmer, Observations upon Aristotle's Politiques (1652)p. 110
The Judgment and Decree of the University of Oxford ... against Certain Pernicious Books and Damnable Doctrines (1683)p. 120
Notes on the Textsp. 127
Further Readingp. 127
The Common Lawp. 129
Sir John Davies, Le Primer Report des Cases et Matters en Ley Resolues et Adiudges en les Courts del Roy en Ireland (1615)p. 131
Sir Edward Coke, Le Tierce Part des Reportes (1602)p. 143
John Lilburne, The Just Defence of John Lilburn, against Such as Charge Him with Turbulency of Spirit (1653)p. 145
John Warr, The Corruption and Deficiency of the Lawes of England Soberly Discovered: or Liberty Working up to Its Just Height (1649)p. 148
Notes on the Textsp. 163
Further Readingp. 164
Parliamentary Constitutionalismp. 166
The Petition of Right (1628)p. 168
Charles I, His Majesties Answer to the Nineteen Propositions of Both Houses of Parliament (1642)p. 171
Philip Hunton, A Treatise of Monarchy (1643)p. 175
Notes on the Textsp. 211
Further Readingp. 212
Godly Rule and Tolerationp. 214
Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie; The Sixth and Eighth books (1648)p. 217
Richard Baxter, A Holy Commonwealth, or Political Aphorisms, Opening the True Principles of Government (1659)p. 229
Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution, for Cause of Conscience, Discussed (1644)p. 238
William Walwyn, The Compassionate Samaritane (1644)p. 247
Notes on the Textsp. 271
Further Readingp. 271
Democracy and Communismp. 273
England's Miserie and Remedie (1645)p. 276
An Agreement of the People (1647)p. 283
The Putney Debates (1647)p. 285
Gerrard Winstanley, A New-Yeers Gift for the Parliament and Armie (1650)p. 317
Notes on the Textsp. 333
Further Readingp. 334
Usurpation and Tyrannicidep. 336
Anthony Ascham, Of the Confusions and Revolutions of Governments (1649)p. 340
Robert Sanderson, A Resolution of Conscience (1649)p. 354
An Act for the Abolishing the Kingly Office (17 March 1649)p. 355
An Act for Subscribing the Engagement (2 January 1650)p. 357
Some Scruples of Conscience which a Godly Minister in Lancashire Did Entertain (1650)p. 358
William Allen (i.e. Edward Sexby), Killing Noe Murder (1657)p. 360
Notes on the Textsp. 388
Further Readingp. 388
The Science of Libertyp. 390
Francis Bacon, The Essayes or Counsels, Civill and Morall (1625)p. 393
James Harrington, The Art of Lawgiving in Three Books (1659)p. 395
Algernon Sidney, Discourses Concerning Government (1698)p. 417
Notes on the Textsp. 444
Further Readingp. 445
The Domestication of Manp. 446
John Selden, Table Talk (1689)p. 450
Thomas Hobbes, Philosophicall Rudiments Concerning Government and Society (1651)p. 450
John Locke, The Reasonableness of Christianity (1695)p. 478
Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees; or, Private Vices, Publick Benefits (1714)p. 493
Notes on the Textsp. 503
Further Readingp. 504
Indexp. 507
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ISBN: 9780872206533
ISBN-10: 087220653X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st March 2003
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54

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