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1745: Charles Edward Stuart and the Jacobites by Robert C. Woosnam-Savage, Glasgow Museums, National Army

By Robert C. Woosnam-Savage, Glasgow Museums, National Army Museum

8 members, all famous specialists of their personal fields, concentrate on person elements of the emerging, offering a balanced viewpoint at the stirring occasions of 1745-46. either Hanovarian and Jacobite issues of view are tested in essays at the personalities, battles, history and the aftermath of the forty five. The ebook is extra more desirable via invaluable appendices, together with a Jacobite chronology from the 17th to the 19th centuries, a genealogy and path maps for the trips of the Prince and his military.

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Similarly with Sir Algernon Sidney, whose celebrated treatise Discourses concerning Government was to be admired. Sidney’s Discourses, in the posthumous editions available after 1698, muted his extreme republican sentiment and religious declarations, presenting a secular plea against tyrannical rule. Dressed in the toga of Roman classicism, the martyr Sidney became known as ‘the British Brutus’, whose writing provided a powerful justification for resistance to arbitrary monarchy. Among Stanley’s arbiters of intellectual taste the constitutional studies of Britain by the foreigners Montesquieu and de Lolme were considered beneath contempt.

To Lansdowne he confessed his desire to distinguish himself in public life. 50 Stanley supplemented Hume’s history with Sharon Turner’s History of the Anglo-Saxons, John Lingard’s History of England (the first volumes of which were published in 1819), Francis Bacon’s History of the Reign of Henry VII, Collins’s collection of State Papers, and Lord Strafford’s letters. For the period after 1688 Lansdowne judged there was nothing deserving of the name of history in a philosophical sense. Whigs such as Charles James Fox, Sir James Mackintosh, and later Lord John Russell passed over the period from 1714 to 1760 in their own historical writings on the English constitution.

From her the young Stanley acquired the conviction that inner faith must shape a sense of social duty, that the gospels were the authoritative guide to Christian conduct, and that the single most important event for later generations of faithful was Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross. When she died, aged 41 in June 1817, she was survived by her husband, three sons, and three daughters. Her husband, a widower for the rest of his life, suffering from increasing deafness and in later life partial paralysis, immediately found solace in an intensified daily routine of zoological notes and observations.

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