AbstractThis thesis examines political attitudes and political activity in Cheshire in the period between the restoration of Charles II and the accession of George I. The first chapter comprises a general survey of the county's economy., institutionss social structure and political development during the early and mid-seventeenth century. Chapter two shows how the Restoration sett3=ent of church and state was implemented in the county., and considers why the re-establishment of the-monarchy failed to achieve 'consensus government'. The third chapter looks at the Cheshire gentry's reactions to the politidal crisis of the late 1670s and early 1680s. It traces the growth of organized political parties and discusses why the Whigs received so much support in the county. In chapter four the local Whigs and Tories' views on religion and the constitution are dealt with in greater detail. This chapter also examines the reasons behind the Duke of Monmouth's progress through Cheshire, and haw the Crown's determination to defeat the Exclusionists affected county government. Unfortunately., the paucity of primary sources precludes a comprehensive study of the effects of James II's policies in Cheshire. Chapter five, therefore, concentrates upon the 1685 elections, the Crown's remodelling of the municipal corporations and county government, and the Cheshire gentry's involvement in the Northern revolt. This is followed, in chapter six, by an examination of the county elite's response to the Revolution of 1688. The 'rage of party' during the reign of Queen Anne is considered in chapter sevens and illustrated by a detailed analysis of the 1701 and 1702 poll books. Having established that the conflict between Whig and Tory was more embittered and prolonged in Cheshire than in some other counties., chapter eight examines why this should have been the case.
PublisherUniversity of Wolverhampton
TypeThesis or dissertation
DescriptionA thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Council for National Academic Awards for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
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