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The State Trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell by Brian Cowan

The State Trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell

Part of the Parliamentary History Book Series Series


The State Trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell by Brian Cowan

This work offers a critical edition of original texts and documents necessary for understanding the trial s significance. By consolidating all accounts of the trial, scholars are able to consult and compare these accounts in a readily accessible volume. * Presents critical editions of several manuscripts relating to this celebrated state trial * Demonstrates that the often cited and printed account of the trial by Jacob Tonson was incomplete and often regarded by contemporaries as a partisan production * Extensively illustrated with rare prints and drawings - most existing in only one copy and never before reproduced * Documents the intense interest of contemporary readers in the meaning of the trial and presents transcripts and illustrations of their annotations * Allow scholars to consult and compare the varying accounts of the trial in a readily accessible volume


[A] rich collection of primary texts and visual sources. (London Review of Books, 21 August 2014)

About the Author

Brian Cowan holds the Canada Research Chair in Early Modern British History at McGill University in Montreal. He has written extensively on the history of the public sphere in early modern Britain, including his prize-winning monograph, The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (2005). He edits the Journal of the British of Studies, with his colleague Elizabeth Elbourne, for the North American Conference on British Studies. This volume is the first publication resulting from his continuing research on the media politics surrounding the 1710 trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell.

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Publication date

2nd November 2012


Brian Cowan

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Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd) an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


322 pages


Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Courts & procedure
Political structure & processes



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