Catholicism in the English Protestant Imagination: Nationalism, Religion, and Literature, 1660-1745

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 15, 1998 - History - 254 pages
This study examines the role of anti-Catholic rhetoric in late-seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century England. Raymond Tumbleson shows how the fear of Popery, a potentially destabilizing force under the Stuarts, ultimately became a principal guarantor of the Hanoverian oligarchy. Discussing writers from Middleton, Milton and Marvell to Swift, Defoe and Fielding, as well as numerous pamphleteers, the book crosses traditional generic, disciplinary and chronological boundaries between poetry and prose, literature and polemic, the Reformation and the Augustan age.

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Contents

Milton Marvell and Popery
41
the Church of England
69
the science of Anglicanism
98
Jeremy Collier Elkanah Settle
126
the literature of exclusion and
157
Conclusion
202
Index
250
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