Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard Historical Studies)

Scott Sowerby

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Synopsis: Winner of the 2014 Whitfield Prize from the Royal Historical Society for the best first book on British or Irish historyIn the reign of James II, minority groups from across the religious spectrum, led by the Quaker William Penn, rallied together under the Catholic King James in an effort to bring religious toleration to England. Known as repealers, these reformers aimed to convince Parliament to repeal laws that penalized worshippers who failed to conform to the doctrines of the Church of England. Although the movement was destroyed by the Glorious Revolution, it profoundly influenced the post-revolutionary settlement, helping to develop the ideals of tolerance that would define the European Enlightenment.   
Based on a rich array of newly discovered archival sources, Scott Sowerby's groundbreaking history rescues the repealers from undeserved obscurity, telling the forgotten story of men and women who stood up for their beliefs at a formative moment in British history. By restoring the repealer movement to its rightful prominence, Making Toleration also overturns traditional interpretations of King James II's reign and the origins of the Glorious Revolution. Though often depicted as a despot who sought to impose his own Catholic faith on a Protestant people, James is revealed as a man ahead of his time, a king who pressed for religious toleration at the expense of his throne. The Glorious Revolution, Sowerby shows, was not primarily a crisis provoked by political repression. It was, in fact, a conservative counter-revolution against the movement for enlightened reform that James himself encouraged and sustained.

From the Author: Sowerby is the latest, and among the most original, of historians who have pointed out that [the Glorious Revolution] was the product of a counterrevolution against the far more "tolerant" proposals James had been putting forward... The key chapters of Making Toleration... offer a fascinating narrative of the endeavors of James's "regulators" (supervisors of parliamentary elections) to revise and re-member borough corporations so that they would return burgesses pledged to support repeal in a parliament the king planned to convene. (J. G. A. Pocock, Common Knowledge, 2014-11-08) 

Sowerby's careful examination of James' unsuccessful attempt to gain a parliamentary majority for toleration is revisionism at its best. He argues that James was working within and not attempting to subvert the British constitution. The so-called "Glorious Revolution" of 1688 becomes not an advance for freedom but a "counter revolution" against a movement for enlightenment reform that could have unified the realm, ended religious persecution, fostered economic growth, and changed drastically the relations between Catholic Ireland and Anglican England. (J. William Frost, Quaker History, 2014-11-08)

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