A Political Biography of Alexander Pope (Eighteenth-Century by Pat Rogers

By Pat Rogers

This is often the 1st learn to evaluate the whole profession of Alexander Pope (1688–1744) when it comes to the political problems with his time.

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It drew him closer to his elderly and perhaps overprotective patents, it made it less likely he could attend Catholic schools (which would have meant living at a distance from his home, if not overseas), and it encouraged him to become even more absorbed in the private drama of his imagination. Later on, his deformity would expose him to cruel jibes which enemies launched in the public prints, for this was an age that knew nothing of political correctness. But at this stage, so far as we can tell, he met with little but sympathy and kindness.

11 In turn this process came to an abrupt end with the return of Charles II, when the stocks of deer were replenished and the provisions of the forest law reactivated. Following this lead, James II kept up an equally fierce campaign against offenders. If the humble residents hoped that the balance would swing again with the accession of William Mary, they were to be disappointed. The courts were as active as ever in maintaining the existing law, and the government introduced a new measure (1 Will.

Within months of Pope’s birth, James II was ousted from the throne, having lost popularity in considerable measure because of his attempts to impose freedom of worship, that is official tolerance of Catholicism. 22 Excluded from succession to the throne, Catholics had to take oaths of loyalty, on pain of losing most civic rights. Out of fear that insurrection would break out they were forbidden to keep arms, ammunition or, bizarrely, a horse worth more than £10 (1 Will. , c. 15). A few years later, a new measure, 7 & 8 Will.

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