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The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes

Jeffrey R. Collins


The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes offers a revisionist interpretation of Thomas Hobbes's evolving response to the English Civil War and Revolution. Conventionally, Hobbes is portrayed as a consistent, if intellectually maverick, royalist partisan. This book challenges that view, and vindicates the widespread contemporary belief that Hobbes had betrayed the royalist cause and accommodated himself to England's revolutionary regimes. In sustaining these conclusions, Professor Collins emphasizes the central importance of religion to both Hobbes's political thought and to the broader cou ... More

Keywords: Thomas Hobbes, English Revolution, Oliver Cromwell, state building, toleration, Erastianism, Independents, Church of England, republicanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199237647
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey R. Collins, author
Assistant Professor of History, Queen’s University, Canada
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