Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury 1621–1683 by John Spurr

By John Spurr

Anthony Ashley Cooper, First Earl of Shaftesbury, was once a huge at the English political scene of the later 17th century. regardless of taking on palms opposed to the king within the Civil conflict, and his energetic participation within the republican governments of the 1650s, Shaftesbury controlled to preserve a number one position in public affairs following the recovery of Charles II, being raised to the peerage and keeping a number of significant places of work. Following his dismissal from govt in 1673 he then turned de facto chief of the competition faction and champion of the Protestant reason, earlier than eventually fleeing the rustic in 1681 following fees of excessive treason. with a view to comprehend absolutely this kind of complicated and debatable determine, this quantity attracts upon the specialized wisdom of 9 best students to enquire Shaftesbury's existence and popularity. in addition to re-evaluating the well known episodes within which he used to be concerned - his early republican sympathies, the Cabal, the Popish Plot and the politics of social gathering faction - different much less customary subject matters also are explored. those comprise his involvement with the growth of England's out of the country colonies, his courting with John Locke, his connections with Scotland and eire and his excessive profile public popularity. every one bankruptcy has been particularly commissioned to offer an perception right into a assorted aspect of his occupation, while at the same time including to an total review of the fellow, his activities and ideology. As such, this publication provides a special and coherent photograph of Shaftesbury that pulls upon the very most up-to-date interdisciplinary study, and should doubtless stimulate extra paintings at the such a lot interesting baby-kisser of his generation.

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