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A Passion for GovernmentThe Life of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough$
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Frances Harris

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.001.0001

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‘True Born Whig’ 1679–1684

‘True Born Whig’ 1679–1684

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(p.27) 3 ‘True Born Whig’ 1679–1684
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A Passion for Government
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FRANCES HARRIS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202240.003.0004

The conversion of the Duke of York to Roman Catholicism posed several threats as this regime could be succeeded by one that was headed by someone who opposed the thought of religion in England and could adopt an absolutist regime. Although John Churchill was elected to the new House of Commons, Sarah never accompanied him since, aside from the fact that she was expecting their first child at that time, she did not want to risk migrating to Brussels because of the uncertain stay of the Duke in power. Their family, however, still proceeded with the move as the Duke was forced to resign. This chapter illustrates one of the foremost events in Sarah's life that would further her interest in disputes between the Parliament and the King since such affairs affected her life greatly during this time, and since she despised issues of Popery. This chapter also explains the notion of being a ‘true born Whig’.

Keywords:   Duke of York, Brussels, Roman Catholicism, Whig, Parliament, King, Popery

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