'Harden not thy heart': 'Antinomian' appeals to rulers in Restoration England
chapterposted on 25.06.2018, 10:34 by Catherine GillCatherine Gill
In 1660, the Quaker Anne Gilman encouraged the Stuart ruler Charles II to govern judiciously, warning: ‘harden not thy heart’. Monarchy’s ability to inexorably remove power from ‘the people’ was concerning; so too were the ruler’s bawdy predilections. The pamphlets explored in this chapter (c 1660-1665) spotlight a group of women who endeavour to remind the ruler that he is accountable not only to the populace, but to God. Pamphleteering of this kind expresses a combination of moral, theological and political commitments, as writers pointedly seek to inspire in Charles a thoroughgoing reformation. The tendency of some writers, it is argued, is theologically Antinomian. In surveying this writing, this chapter offers a new approach to how women’s political critique combines with theological principle in the Restoration period. Keywords: Petition, Pamphlet, Stuart Monarchy, Quakerism, Restoration, Women, Quaker Theology.
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