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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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The Politics of Coexistence

The Politics of Coexistence

Dissenters, Catholics and Jacobites 1714–45

(p.98) 5 The Politics of Coexistence
Negotiating Toleration

Gabriel Glickman

Oxford University Press

After 1714, lingering conflict over the British throne gave a lease of life to old religious animosities. This chapter will examine the relationship between English Dissenters and the communities of Catholics and Jacobites who stood seemingly at the opposing ideological pole. It will suggest that behind the invective declared in print and sermon was a more complex reality. In England, common distrust of the Established Church meant that Catholics and Nonconformists shared public strategies, political rhetoric, and occasional personal affinities. In parishes and counties, patterns of sociability softened the pressure of confessional division. Yet the chapter will argue that dynastic uncertainty rendered these relationships fragile. For Nonconformists, a Catholic claim upon the throne served reminder of an undiminished Catholic claim over the entire kingdom, sowing fears that friendship across the religious divide remained only skin-deep in Hanoverian Britain.

Keywords:   dissenters, Catholics, Jacobites, politics, sociability, conflict

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