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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 Tories and the Dissenters in the Reign of George I

The Tories and the Dissenters in the Reign of George I

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(p.122) 6 The Tories and the Dissenters in the Reign of George I
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Negotiating Toleration
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Nigel Aston

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804222.003.0007

The gulf in values and beliefs between Tories and Dissenters on the death of Queen Anne in 1714 stood wider than it had done at any point since the Revolution of 1688–9. This essay looks for any signs and symbols of accommodation between the Tories and the Dissenters in the reign of George I (and, per contra, for evidence of enduring hostilities) and poses the underlying question: how far did these two sides remain un-reconciled throughout the reign? It suggests grounds for arguing that the gap between them narrowed as the Hanoverian Succession bedded in: more moderate Tories and Dissenters moved into the religio-political mainstream as the Whigs consolidated their hold on power, their numbers declined, and issues such as toleration that had mattered so much in the 1700s and 1710s became less pressing and receded in public importance.

Keywords:   Dissent, Tory, Hanoverian Succession, toleration, Whig, Queen Anne

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