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A Door of Hope re-opened : the Fifth Monarchy, King Charles and King Jesus

By B. S. Capp

Abstract

A Door of Hope was the manifesto of the Fifth Monarchists’ desperate uprising in London in January 1661, a few months after the Restoration of Charles II. While the rising itself is well known, its manifesto has never been examined in detail. Probably based on a sermon to Venner’s congregation, it displays a defiant conviction that the Restoration could be understood as part of God’s providential plan, the next step towards the imminent kingdom of Christ on earth. But it also reaches out to a much wider constituency, all the supporters of the “Good Old Cause”, offering a programme that might appeal to many radicals. And the author draws on secular, republican discourse to buttress his apocalyptic claims, revealing close links between even the most extreme Fifth Monarchists and wider currents of interregnum radicalism

Topics: DA, BX
Publisher: Blackwell
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2008.00699.x
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:29

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