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Negotiating TolerationDissent and the Hanoverian Succession, 1714-1760$
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Nigel Aston and Benjamin Bankurst

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804222.001.0001

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‘Oh that glorious first of August!’

‘Oh that glorious first of August!’

The Politics of Monarchy and the Politics of Dissent in Early Hanoverian Britain

(p.79) 4 ‘Oh that glorious first of August!’
Negotiating Toleration

Andrew C. Thompson

Oxford University Press

The purpose of this chapter is to investigate the considerable sermon literature that the change of regime in 1714 generated among Dissenters. Sermons about important political events were not uncommon in this period and the importance of public fasts has been brought into focus through recent work by Natalie Mears, Stephen Taylor, and Philip Williamson. The interest in the Dissenting contribution in this area is twofold. First, the calendar of commemoration under Queen Anne and George I was used by both Whigs and Tories for political advantage. The ways in which Dissenters could comment on, and to an extent appropriate, days that had traditionally been associated with Tory ideas is revealing. Second, the ways in which Dissenters saw the Hanoverian succession was indicative of wider world views regarding historical progression. Following on from the Glorious Revolution, the Hanoverians were viewed as having a particular role to play in the providential history of the nation.

Keywords:   Dissent, commemoration, succession, Queen Anne, George I, sermons, Whig, Tory

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