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From Republic to RestorationLegacies and Departures$
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Janet Clare

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089688

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089688.001.0001

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‘The Sport of Bishop-Hunting’: Marvell and the neo-Laudians

‘The Sport of Bishop-Hunting’: Marvell and the neo-Laudians

(p.226) Chapter 11 ‘The Sport of Bishop-Hunting’: Marvell and the neo-Laudians
From Republic to Restoration

Martin Dzelzainis

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the narratives and counter-narratives about the Civil War that developed after the Restoration. The most contested figure in these narratives was Archbishop William Laud, regarded by Thomas Hobbes and others as personally responsible for the outbreak of the conflict in the 1630s. Laud’s legacy – embraced by the so-called neo-Laudians at Oxford – was debated in a pamphlet exchange between two of the period’s major satirists: Andrew Marvell and Samuel Butler. Their disagreement was at its sharpest concerning a pre-Civil War controversy over licensing a sermon in favour of the Forced Loan by an absolutist cleric, Robert Sibthorp. Marvell’s version of events in The Rehearsal Transpros’d (1672) proved influential in opposition Whig circles, eventually being taken up by the Earl of Shaftesbury and John Locke.

Keywords:   Marvell, Butler, Laud, Sibthorp, Hobbes, Shaftesbury, Locke, Civil War, satirists

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