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From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures


Janet Clare


This volume challenges a traditional period divide of 1660, exploring continuities with the decades of civil war, the Republic and Restoration and shedding new light on religious, political and cultural conditions before and after the restoration of church and monarchy. The volume marks a significant development in transdisciplinary studies, including, as it does, chapters on political theory, religion, poetry, pamphlets, theatre, opera, portraiture, scientific experiment and philosophy. Chapters show how unresolved issues at national and local level, residual republicanism and religious dissent, were evident in many areas of Restoration life, and recorded in plots against the regime, memoirs, diaries, historical writing, pamphlets and poems. An active promotion of forgetting, the erasing of memories of the Republic and the reconstruction of the old order did not mend the political, religious and cultural divisions that had opened up during the civil wars. In examining such diverse genres as women’s writing, the prayer book, prophetic writings, the publications of the Royal Society, histories of the civil wars by Clarendon and Hobbes, the poetry and prose of Milton and Marvell, plays and opera, court portraiture and political cartoons the volume substantiates its central claim that the Restoration was conditioned by continuity and adaptation of linguistic and artistic discourses.


Clare, J. (Ed.). (2018). From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures. Manchester University Press.

Book Type Edited Book
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2017
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 8, 2022
Publisher Manchester University Press
Book Title Republic to Restoration: Legacies and departures
Chapter Number N/A
ISBN 9780719089688
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