TITLE

Saints or Citizens? Ideas of Marriage in Seventeenth-Century English Republicanism

AUTHOR(S)
Achinstein, Sharon
PUB. DATE
October 2010
SOURCE
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2010, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p240
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
Marriage reform was central to the political and cultural changes wrought by the Reformations. In recent years, historians of liberal thought have explored theories of marriage in relation to developing contract theory. However, in the history of English republican thought, marriage has been relatively neglected as a topic of analysis. This essay explores how seventeenth-century English republican writers theorised marriage. Unlike in the liberal paradigm, in which marriage is considered as a model of a political contract, in republican thinking, marriage retained its sacred and spiritual component. By looking at writings of James Harrington, Francis Rous, the elder, Algernon Sidney, John Milton, Anthony Ascham and Lucy Hutchinson, it concludes that concepts of mystical marriage underlay republican thinking not only about marriage, but about order in the state.
ACCESSION #
57556187

 

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