Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury 1621–1683 by John, Professor Spurr

By John, Professor Spurr

Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury, used to be an incredible at the English political scene of the later 17th century. regardless of taking on hands opposed to the king within the Civil conflict, and his energetic participation within the republican governments of the 1650s, Shaftesbury controlled to preserve a number one function in public affairs following the recovery of Charles II, being raised to the peerage and retaining numerous significant workplaces. Following his dismissal from govt in 1673 he then grew to become de facto chief of the competition faction and champion of the Protestant reason, ahead of ultimately fleeing the rustic in 1681 following fees of excessive treason.

In order to appreciate absolutely any such complicated and debatable determine, this quantity attracts upon the specialized wisdom of 9 best students to enquire Shaftesbury's lifestyles and popularity. in addition to re-evaluating the well known episodes within which he used to be concerned - his early republican sympathies, the Cabal, the Popish Plot and the politics of celebration faction - different much less accepted topics also are explored. those contain his involvement with the growth of England's out of the country colonies, his dating with John Locke, his connections with Scotland and eire and his excessive profile public acceptance. every one bankruptcy has been particularly commissioned to offer an perception right into a diversified aspect of his profession, while at the same time including to an total overview of the fellow, his activities and ideology. As such, this booklet provides a different and coherent photograph of Shaftesbury that pulls upon the very most up-to-date interdisciplinary study, and should without doubt stimulate extra paintings at the so much exciting flesh presser of his generation.

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