Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Public Duty and Private Conscience in Seventeenth-Century EnglandEssays Presented to G.E. Aylmer$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Morrill, Paul Slack, and Daniel Woolf

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202295.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 05 June 2020

Official Members in the Commons, 1660–1690: A Study in Multiple Loyalties

Official Members in the Commons, 1660–1690: A Study in Multiple Loyalties

(p.279) 14 Official Members in the Commons, 1660–1690: A Study in Multiple Loyalties
Public Duty and Private Conscience in Seventeenth-Century England


Oxford University Press

John Ferris, the author of this chapter, examines multiple loyalties of the representatives in Commons. He notes that representative institutions offer fertile breeding grounds for split personalities, and that even private citizens may at times be distracted by competing demands for their loyalty from the State, from society at large, from their neighbours, from their employers, from various interest groups, from their families, and from their narrow self-interest. Ferris observes that the representative shares all these pressures, to which he has to add the claims of his constituency, of his political allies, and of the assembly itself. Ferris further observes that co-operation between king and Commons could hardly exist without some devices ‘to plant King's servants in the Commons’ or to bestow crown offices on Members of the Commons, so that some Members of the House looked to two masters. He opines that concern over these ‘placemen’, as Gerald Aylmer has pointed out, was a recent phenomenon.

Keywords:   multiple loyalties, Commons, representative institutions, split personalities, constituency, king, Gerald Aylmer

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .