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Daniel Defoe: Master of FictionsHis Life and Works$
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Maximillian E. Novak

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.001.0001

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Marriage and Rebellion

Marriage and Rebellion

(p.73) 4 Marriage and Rebellion
Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions

Maximillian E. Novak

Oxford University Press

On January 1, 1684, Daniel Defoe married Mary Tuffley. The economy of England at this time resembled that of what is now called a developing nation. In his The Compleat English Tradesman, Defoe gave ample enough illustrations of the ways in which a business might fail. Defoe mentioned the Monmouth Rebellion sparingly. Somehow, perhaps by managing to flee the country or by going into hiding, Defoe escaped the vicious reprisals that followed the failure of the rebellion. James II wanted the rebels hanged for all to see, and with the aid of his Chief Justice, Sir Robert Jeffreys, men were hunted down throughout the region. In An Appeal to Honour and Justice, he described his disagreement with many among the Dissenters who believed that James II ought to be trusted as his second disagreement with his fellow Nonconformists became known after he had upbraided them for supporting the Turks during the siege of Vienna.

Keywords:   Daniel Defoe, Mary Tuffley, England, business, Dissenters, James II, Monmouth Rebellion, The Compleat English Tradesman, Robert Jeffreys

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