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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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Regulation and Revolution: 1681–88

Regulation and Revolution: 1681–88

(p.151) 5 Regulation and Revolution: 1681–88
Politics and Society in Great Yarmouth 1660–1722


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During the 1680s the crown subjected local government to the most sustained intervention of the Stuart period, culminating in James II's premeditated campaign to pack Parliament with supporters amenable to his control. The boroughs took the brunt of the royal attack, and historians have recognized the mass surrender of charters and the successive purges of the corporate benches as key elements of the court's struggle to subdue opposition. Most importantly, recent studies of provincial politics have highlighted widespread opposition to the regulation of the boroughs. Anglican and Nonconformist parties certainly made hay as they took turns to bask temporarily in the sunshine of royal favour. Yarmouth's experience was no different from the vast majority of English boroughs during this time of upheaval, though its leaders were of the generation which had suffered the central intrusion of the early Restoration period.

Keywords:   local government, James II, parliament, historians, political parties

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