This conclusion draws together the findings of individual chapters. It establishes that literary culture at the start of the eighteenth century was fundamentally grounded on competing constructions of Anne’s royal legitimacy; that the literature of this period can only be understood and explained in its immediate contexts; the early eighteenth-century political debate was essentially monarchical. It also briefly traces the enduring consequences of Anne’s accession and their effect on literary culture from the rise of Alexander Pope to the so-called Patriot opposition led by Bolingbroke in the 1730s. Pope and his contemporaries drew on the language surrounding the accession debates, but deployed that language under fundamentally different circumstances.
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