The State Trial of Dr Henry Sacheverell – Parliamentary History: Texts & Studies 6

The State Trial of Dr Henry Sacheverell – Parliamentary History: Texts & Studies 6

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Chercheur : Brian Cowan

Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

The celebrated trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell in 1710 has been viewed as a classic example of the politicised ‘state trial’. This work offers a critical edition of original texts and documents necessary for understanding the trial’s significance. Previous historians have largely accepted the printing by Jacob Tonson of the ‘authorised version’ of the trial’s proceedings as authoritative. This edition sets the Tonson account in its proper historical, and polemical, context by showing that it was not the only account on offer of the trial’s proceedings in the early eighteenth century, and that it’s authoritative status was hotly contested, particularly by Tories, but also by radical Whigs. The works collected in this edition consist of unique manuscripts, rare printed tracts, and images, most existing in only one copy and never before reproduced. By consolidating them in one volume, it is now possible for scholars to consult and compare these accounts in a readily accessible volume.

Brian Cowan teaches British and European history at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Early Modern British History. He received his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University and has taught at the University of Sussex and Yale University. His first book, The Social Life of Coffee: The Emergence of the British Coffeehouse (2005) was awarded the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize by the Canadian Historical Association. He is currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute of Historical Studies and he co-edits the Journal of British Studies with Elizabeth Elbourne for the North American Conference on British Studies.