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A Passion for GovernmentThe Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough$
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Frances Harris

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.001.0001

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‘The Detested Names of Whig and Tory’ 1704–1705

‘The Detested Names of Whig and Tory’ 1704–1705

(p.105) 8 ‘The Detested Names of Whig and Tory’ 1704–1705
A Passion for Government


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When Parliament opened on November 9th of that year, the high churchmen were able to introduce a bill that asserted how ‘occasional conformity’ to the Anglican communion would hinder dissenters from qualifying for positions at public office. In that year, the bill had passed the House of Commons which had at that time been Tory-dominated. Although this measure was discouraged by the Queen and her ministers, the latter had not been able to oppose the notion openly to alienate the Tories. Sarah's views on such issues entailed refusal for she believed that the bill was only used by the Tories so that they would still have the power to persecute their enemies. Although such views became the source of estrangement from the Queen for both her and Marlborough, this chapter illustrates how Sarah was to become a sort of hero to the Whigs.

Keywords:   Parliament, occasional conformity, Tories, Whigs, Queen

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