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Catholicism in the English Protestant Imagination: Nationalism, Religion, and Literature, 1660-1745 (Paperback)
  • Catholicism in the English Protestant Imagination: Nationalism, Religion, and Literature, 1660-1745 (Paperback)
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Catholicism in the English Protestant Imagination: Nationalism, Religion, and Literature, 1660-1745 (Paperback)

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Paperback 268 Pages / Published: 05/02/2009
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This study examines the role of anti-Catholic rhetoric in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England. This role was long neglected, being at once obvious and distasteful, a reproach to the heirs of the Enlightenment who prided themselves on their tolerance and did not want to confront its origins in intolerance. Raymond Tumbleson discusses how the fear of Popery, a potentially destabilising force under the Stuarts, ultimately became a principal guarantor of the Hanoverian oligarchy. The range of authors discussed runs from Middleton, Milton and Marvell to Swift, Defoe and Fielding, as well as numerous pamphleteers. Crossing traditional generic, disciplinary and chronological boundaries, this book examines hitherto neglected relationships between poetry and prose, literature and polemic, the Reformation and the Augustan age.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521100892
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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Review of the hardback: '... the book is learned, sophisticated, and imaginative ... sometimes intricate and often subtle ... reflexive, fiercely intelligent, and stylish - it should be read by historians, not least for what it tells us about ourselves and the intellectual climate in which we work.' The Historical Journal
"This book merits our attention..." Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"...the great merit of this book is its capacity to move into open academic discussion the fact of the strength of the anti-Catholic bias and the means of creating and sustaining that bias in Stuart and Hanoverian England." Martha Oberle, Seventeenth-Century News
"Tumbleson's provocative, groundbreaking book examines the multiple uses to which anti-Catholicism was put in different periods by different factions, by major authors (Middleton, Milton, Marvell, Pope, Swift, Defoe, Fielding), and by a host of now-forgotten pamphleteers. This is an extremely important book, often brilliant and always learned, on an important and neglected subject." Choice
"...Tumbleson deserves praise for examining lesser-known and long-ignored works of such canonical authors as Milton and Andrew Marvell, revealing aspects of the two writers that have been obscured by a post-Enlightenment literary and political culture determined to obscure its sectarian origins...Tubleson's work helps significantly in illuminating many otherwise puzzling theological issues in seventeenth-century England." Isis

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