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Politics and Society in Great Yarmouth 1660–1722$
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Perry Gauci

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206057

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206057.001.0001

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The Challenge Met: 1675–81

The Challenge Met: 1675–81

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Politics and Society in Great Yarmouth 1660–1722


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Historians of English political development have credited the late 1670s as a period of key significance, regarding it as a decisive era for the emergence of party. Contemporaries certainly saw those years as a turning-point in Charles II's reign, as fears for the court's swing towards France and Rome reached a hysterical pitch. In May Paston had been forced to confront the problem of Yarmouth. It was the lasting influence of local Independents and Presbyterians which proved the most immediate obstacle for the enforcement of national policy. The election of a new town curate, necessitated by the purge of the local ministry under the authority of the Act of Uniformity, was evidently expected to polarize religious differences within an already divided Yarmouth. The apprehension of Lord Townshend in the summer of 1663 spoke volumes for the potential resonance of the dispute. Local concern for the town charter was a natural response to the aggressiveness of national policy towards the corporations in the early restoration period.

Keywords:   historians, political development, Charles II, presbyterians, national policy

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