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Published: 01 September 2015

296 Pages

9.21 x 6.14 inches

ISBN: 9780719099182

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Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the patriotic monarch

Patriarchalism in seventeenth-century political thought

Cesare Cuttica

Published by Manchester University Press

Politics Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain MUP

  • The first monographic study of a much discussed and often distorted thinker, this work casts new light on patriarchalism as a central theory in early modern political controversies
  • Analyses Patriarcha's ideas by unveiling ignored aspects of the context in which Filmer wrote; of its language, aims and targets; and of its cultural and political meanings
  • Gives a timely and unique explanation of why Filmer's doctrines were amply adopted as well as strongly contested in the 1680s
  • Explores the vital interplay between political ideas and political practice in the historically crucial pre-Civil War period in England and later on in the century during the Exclusion Crisis
  • Will provide students of political theory, gender scholars and historians with useful insights into early modern absolutism as well as with original reflections on the place of patriotism in the development of English political discourse and identity