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Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688$
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Barbara J. Shapiro

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783620

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783620.001.0001

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Observation and Participation

Observation and Participation

(p.198) Chapter Eight Observation and Participation
Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688
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This chapter addresses several aspects of political culture involving personal experience or personal observation that imparted or reaffirmed political values and commemorated events of political importance. The lord mayor shows were enthusiastically staged during the Restoration. The lord mayor show had begun as a tribute to the harmony of the capital city and monarch, and later after the Restoration it became deeply enmeshed in partisan politics. In 1640 and during the years that followed petitions significantly played in political life. Petitions and counterpetitions of the Restoration era sharpened and made obvious the competing Whig and Tory agendas. It is clear that London and its environs were the sites of coronations, royal entries, lord mayor's shows, pope burning processions and large crowds accompanying petitioners, as well as the locale of bell ringing and an enormous number of bonfires.

Keywords:   political culture, lord mayor shows, Restoration, petitions, Whig, Tory, London, pope burning processions, bell ringing, bonfires

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