'Eveline Cruickshanks and Howard Erskine-Hill, who have long been working to rescue Jacobitism from the footnote in popular history to which it was long sonsigned, demonstrate what a serious threat the plot posed...A reader today is left with the all-too-familiar feeling of pessimism about the state's ability to manipulate Parliament and disquiet about the way the national will can be thwarted.' - David Twiston Dabies, The Catholic Herald
Atterbury Plotby Eveline Cruickshanks
The Atterbury Plot was one of three Jacobite attempts to seize the throne from the Hanover line, and the only one that was decided primarily outside of battle. It was an exercise almost purely of political power based on the personal reputations of the various participants, their power in and out of Parliament, and their ability to cajole and convince others that treason was defined primarily by timing. Author and historian Cruikshank and co-author Erskine-Hill (literary history, U. of Cambridge) examine new materials in this complex political struggle, finding that motivations on all sides were complicated by more than personal convictions, and that a recent financial disaster, the throes of empire, and a lingering aftertaste of battle permeated many of the conspirators' and anti-conspirators' actions. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Meet the Author
Eveline Cruikshanks has published Political Untouchables: The Tories and the '45 (1979) and edited Ideology and Conspiracy: Aspects of Jacobitism 1689-1759 (1982), The Jacobite Challenge, with Jeremy Black (1988), By Force or by Default? The Revolution of 1688-89 (1989), The Stuart Court in Exile and the Jacobites, with Edward Corp (1995). Her most recent publications are The Stuart Courts (2000) ed., and for Palgrave Macmillan The Glorious Revolution 1678-1714 (2000). She is a major contributor to the History of Parliament volumes 1660-1754, and has edited most of The House of Commons 1690-1715, published in 2002.
Howard Erskine-Hill is Professor of Literary History, Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. His publications include Poetry and the Realm of Politics: Shakespeare to Dryden, Poetry of Opposition and Revolution: Dryden to Wordsworth and as editor, Alexander Pope: Selected Letters.
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