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Title: The Politics of Court Culture in the Reign of Charles II, 1660-1685.
Author: Jenkinson, Matthew
ISNI:       0000 0001 1933 683X
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis is concerned with the manifold ways the cultural life of the royal court responded and contributed to political developments during the reign of . Charles II. It looks in particular at court sermons, odes, satires, histories, and prose polemics. It plots a complex and heterogeneous court culture that interrogated Charles's kingship - quite often in his presence - which provoked and responded to questions that were appropriate for a reign between the constitutional crises ofregicide and Glorious Revolution. Chapter one introduces the broad context of court historiography, establishing the study's critical framework. Chapter two introduces the dramatis personae ofthe thesis: principally court preachers, the aristocratic court wits long indulged by their king, and the professional poets employed at court. It illustrates how their politically pertinent discourse was transmitted scribally, orally, and in print. It looks especially at court sermons printed by royal command. Chapters three and four are concerned with the performative aspects of the early years of the Restoration, looking in particular at the trials and executions of the regicides, and the restored king's coronation celebrations. Chapters five and six investigate the politics of court culture during the remainder of Charles's reign, looking in particular at the proceedings of the chapel royal and the behaviour and politics of the court wits. It looks at reactions to such behaviour and politics by commentators in and around the court in the context of 1670s court faction, the Popish Plot, the Exclusion Crisis, and the emergence ofWhig and Tory parties. It concludes with a consideration of the implications of the issues raised by the thesis for the health of Charles's body politic, and traces the dangers posed to it in the eyes of many observers both inside and outside the disordered Restoration court.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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