A Proselytising Protestant Commonwealth: The Religious and Political Ideals of Katherine Jones, Viscountess Ranelagh (1614–1691)

Connolly, Ruth
October 2008
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2008, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p244
Academic Journal
This paper looks at the development of Katherine Jones, Viscountess Ranelagh's political thought between 1641 and 1660. It argues that she is influenced by a belief that events have demonstrated the weaknesses of both the Royalist and Parliamentarian methods of rule. However, she utilises elements of both political ideologies to argue for an Erastian political and religious settlement as the ideal method of resolving national schisms and promoting the defence and unity of Protestantism in England and aboard.


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