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Dangerous TalkScandalous, Seditious, and Treasonable Speech in Pre-Modern England$
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David Cressy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199564804

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564804.001.0001

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Dangerous Words, 1625–1642

Dangerous Words, 1625–1642

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Dangerous Talk

David Cressy

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines a wider range of seditious talk from the accession of Charles I to the outbreak of the civil war. Between 1625 and 1642, the Privy Council heard repeated reports of subjects who disparaged their monarch, who impugned his character, or who even compassed his death. The national conversation could be crude and irreverent, with scant regard for proprieties of discourse. The discussion shows that the domain of political discourse in early Stuart England to have been wider, and sometimes nastier, than historians have often imagined. It shows the cherished arcana imperii, to have been constantly eroding at the edges. A running motif across his reign was that King Charles was deficient — a boy, a child, not fit to govern. By the time his kingdom plunged into civil war, King Charles had endured a barrage of seditious despite.

Keywords:   Charles I, civil war, sedition, Privy Council, clerics, Catholic crimes

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