With the fashioning of an English Bill of Rights and the consolidation of William and Mary’s authority, with the death of James II in exile, the ascendance of Queen Anne, the union of England and Scotland, the succession in 1714 of the Hanoverian Elector George I, and the definitive exclusion of the Stuarts, it would seem that we come to the end of ‘England’s troubles’, and so at last to the solid, rational eighteenth century. ‘Behold!’ Pope commands in the sonorous distiches of ‘Windsor Forest’,...
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