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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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The Rage of Party, 1700–1714

The Rage of Party, 1700–1714

(p.263) 12 The Rage of Party, 1700–1714
Cities Divided

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A series of events in 1700-1 brought issues dividing Whig from Tory to the centre of the political stage. Parliamentary elections were increasingly fought along party lines. The level of partisanship escalated still further after the furore surrounding the trial of Dr Henry Sacheverell in 1710. The Tories claimed that the Church was in danger and blamed the Whigs and Dissenters. The Tories won resounding victories in the general elections of 1710 and 1713, which in many towns were conducted with considerable violence. At the same time, civic celebrations became occasions for partisan rancour and, most often, Tory triumphalism.

Keywords:   party, Tory, Whig, Sacheverell, elections, celebrations

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