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The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725-1742

Christine Gerrard


This book is a full-length study of the so-called Patriot opposition to Robert Walpole, which reached its height during the clamour for war against Spain at the turn of the 1730s. The book examines the inter-relationship between patriotism, politics, and poetry in the period 1724-1742. It investigates the growing Patriot opposition during the Walpolian oligarchy, and asks whether a broad credo united all of Walpole's political opponents, or whether there was a distinction between Whig and Tory Patriots. The role of Frederick Prince of Wales as the campaign's cultural and political figurehead i ... More

Keywords: Robert Walpole, Patriot opposition, politics, poetry, Frederick Prince of Wales, James Thomson, Samuel Johnson, Gothic liberty, druids

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198129820
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Gerrard, author
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
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