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The Material Culture of the Jacobites

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  • Date Published: September 2016
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316626238

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  • The Jacobites, adherents of the exiled King James II of England and VII of Scotland and his descendants, continue to command attention long after the end of realistic Jacobite hopes down to the present. Extraordinarily, the promotion of the Jacobite cause and adherence to it were recorded in a rich and highly miscellaneous store of objects, including medals, portraits, pin-cushions, glassware and dice-boxes. Interdisciplinary and highly illustrated, this book combines legal and art history to survey the extensive material culture associated with Jacobites and Jacobitism. Neil Guthrie considers the attractions and the risks of making, distributing and possessing ‘things of danger’; their imagery and inscriptions; and their place in a variety of contexts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Finally, he explores the many complex reasons underlying the long-lasting fascination with the Jacobites.

    • Proposes a comprehensive view of the extraordinary, rich and highly miscellaneous store of objects associated with the Jacobite cause
    • Interdisciplinary and extensively illustrated, this study is enriched by an understanding of legal and art history
    • Offers new insights into the reasons for our continuing fascination with the Jacobites
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    ‘Neil Guthrie presents an impressive range of subject matter and a wealth of learning in this original, erudite, and perceptive book. He is not only well-versed in eighteenth-century history and literature, but also knows the relevant fields of law - necessary for an understanding of the limited room for manoeuvre available to Jacobites - and Latinity, the medium for so many tags, allusions and inscriptions in Jacobite literature.’ Colin Kidd, University of Glasgow

    'Neil Guthrie’s book is an excellent introduction to the wide-ranging world of Jacobite material culture. … Guthrie’s highlighted themes and robust bibliography point the way forward for those who want to delve further into specificities of the subject matter.' Jennifer Novotny, Northern Scotland Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316626238
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'By things themselves': the danger of Jacobite material culture
    2. 'Many emblems of sedition and treason': patterns of Jacobite visual symbolism
    3. 'Their disloyal and wicked inscriptions': the uses of texts on Jacobite objects
    4. 'Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis': phases and varieties of Jacobite material culture
    5. 'Those who are fortunate enough to possess pictures and relics': later uses of Jacobite material culture

  • Author

    Neil Guthrie
    Neil Guthrie is a lawyer by profession and has published articles on Jacobite material culture, law and literary history, including 'Johnson's Touch-piece and the 'Charge of Fame': Personal and Public Aspects of the Medal in Eighteenth-Century Britain' in The Politics of Samuel Johnson (edited by H. Erskine-Hill and J. C. D. Clark, 2012).

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