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The History of the University of Oxford: Volume IV Seventeenth-Century Oxford$
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Nicholas Tyacke

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780199510146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199510146.001.0001

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Tory Oxford

Tory Oxford

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(p.863) 18 Tory Oxford
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The History of the University of Oxford: Volume IV Seventeenth-Century Oxford
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R. A. Beddard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199510146.003.0019

Oxford University could not escape the political agitation set in motion by the Popish Plot. The scaremongering associated with Titus Oates's discovery of a supposed Catholic conspiracy against the life of Charles II seriously bothered Protestants. No sooner had the anti-Catholic hysteria of the capital invaded Oxford than there was a sharp revulsion of feeling against individual papists. The inbred anti-Catholicism of the nation — never far beneath the surface of Restoration politics — became ever more strident and merciless. The local magistracy made good use of the information collected by Bishop John Fell in his primary visitation of the diocese in 1676. Vice-Chancellor John Nicholas, the trimming warden of New College, was particularly active. His officious conduct in arresting the most harmless of Catholics, such as the poverty-stricken William Joyner, was seen by his critics as a bid to curry favour at Westminster in the hope of attracting preferment.

Keywords:   Oxford University, Popish Plot, papists, Titus Oates, anti-Catholicism, Charles II, Protestants, John Fell, John Nicholas, Catholics

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