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Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne$
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Joseph Hone

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814078.001.0001

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Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne

Joseph Hone

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces and explores the full spectrum of positions on the succession across a range of texts responding to the deaths of William III and James II. It demonstrates the collapse of earlier norms of royal mourning by unearthing how royal elegy—a sacrosanct genre in the seventeenth century—became a vehicle for opposition satire. Anne Finch, Alexander Pope, Samuel Pepys, and William Pittis were all involved in writing or circulating Jacobite libels in manuscript. Examining the scribal circulation of satires sheds new light on their political allegiances and networks. The chapter ends with a sustained contextual examination of Daniel Defoe’s poem The Mock Mourners.

Keywords:   Jacobitism, elegy, satire, royal succession, manuscript studies, William III, James II, Daniel Defoe

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