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By Gerald MacLean

Tradition and Society within the Stuart recovery exhibits how the recovery produced the idea that of a countrywide literature the most important to a brand new nationalist cultural firm: questions of nationwide identification and distinction, of what it intended to be English or British or either, got here to be framed by way of foreign alternate and imperial ambition; and non secular and royal authority gave approach prior to the improvement of an earthly literary tradition geared to the calls for of a constructing advertisement and imperial state.

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According to Ronald Knowles, "political Augustanism lies in the effective conflation of the Aeneid, book six, the Fourth Eclogue, the first and fourth Georgic and contemporary English history. " 14 And who better suited to the task of organizing the king's entry than a recent translator of Virgil - J o h n Ogilby. The extent to which these texts had been used to describe the king's return has been demonstrated by Knowles and Howard Erskine-Hill, and is revealed in Dryden's Astraea Redux of June 1660: 11 12 13 Jose, Ideas of the Restoration, p.

Slavery was not the only controversial issue arising from Britain's increasing centrality in world trade during the years following the Restoration. " Royalists wrote in support of the third Anglo-Dutch war of 1672-74, insisting that the republican Dutch were seeking universal dominion. " Pincus reads the published debates to show how reports of events eventually disproved Royalist claims, causing public opinion to turn against the war - but not before "English moderates shifted their foreign policy orientation...

O n Newcastle, see R o g e r Howell, Newcastle-upon- Tyne in the Puritan Revolution (Oxford, 1967), a n d D a v i d Levine a n d K e i t h Wrightson, The Making of an Industrial Society: Whickham, 1560-1765 (Oxford, 1991). 20 GERALD MACLEAN lay their "High-born Strains of Poetry" at his feet, then imagines his rebirth amidst the ashes left behind once these dazzling and flashy ephemera have done their job: Nay, Phoenix-like (me thinks) I see them bring Arabian Spices on their nimble Wing, And build a Pile; which on your New-birth-day Kindly aspected by Your Solar Ray, Becomes a Royall Bon fire, in whose flashes They gloriously expire; yet 'midst those Ashes A Seed is couch'd; which, influenc'd by You, A self-born Phoenix yearly doth renew.

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