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John Miller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288397.001.0001

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A Factious City: Bristol in the Reign of Charles II

A Factious City: Bristol in the Reign of Charles II

(p.198) 9 A Factious City: Bristol in the Reign of Charles II
Cities Divided

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Bristol had a reputation for factional division. Its aldermen included some pugnacious individuals — three of them called John (or Sir John) Knight, who hated each other. The city also had a large Dissenting population and the magistrates were divided about enforcing the laws against them. To make matters worse, in 1672 the king appointed Guy Carleton — the most aggressive and tactless prelate of his time — as bishop. Carleton promoted a vigorous persecution of Dissenters and united the corporation (including Sir John and John Knight) against him: no mean feat. Carleton was moved on in 1678 but in the last years of the reign the corporation was bitterly divided between Whigs and Tories.

Keywords:   Bristol, Sir John Knight, Guy Carleton, Whigs, Tories

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