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Stephen MillerBritons, regardless of their feelings for the monarch and the royal family, have always associated the crown with political stability — as much in the 1790s as in the 1990s.
—WQ: The Wilson Quarterly
Morris reassesses the significance of the ideological exchange in Britain during the French revolutionary period, showing that the so-called failure of the reform movement did not result simply from a stubborn disregard for the reality of the situations in France and Britain. She considers the problems created for reformers by the government's exaggeration of the threat to the monarchy, as well as the influence that reformist arguments had on loyalist ideology. The monarchy, though tradition-bound, continually had to reinvent itself, Morris contends, and its modern incarnation emerged in the later years of George's reign with a style stressing personality, empathy, and domesticity, and a legitimacy based on the monarchy's embodiment of the nation's history. Morris's analysis of the monarchy's image and its incorporation into political argument during a time of upheaval provides new insight into the ways different institutions of the state protected and supported one another. Her discussion also places in perspective speculation about the imminent demise of the monarchy in the 1990s.
|Introduction: The Meaning of Monarchy||1|
|1||History and Legitimacy||13|
|2||The Burke-Paine Controversy||37|
|3||Recasting the Ideological Foundations of the British Monarchy||56|
|4||The Republican Tradition, the Reform Movement, and the Monarchy||79|
|7||Court Culture, Royalist Ritual, and Popular Loyalism||134|
|8||The Public Image of George III||160|
|Conclusion: The Metaphor Called a Crown||188|