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Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England$
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Joseph Arthur Mann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979237

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979237.001.0001

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Supporting the Monarchy and the Church of England during the Restoration

Supporting the Monarchy and the Church of England during the Restoration

(p.139) Chapter 3 Supporting the Monarchy and the Church of England during the Restoration
Printed Musical Propaganda in Early Modern England

Joseph Arthur Mann

Liverpool University Press

With rebellion and regicide an ever-present worry for the newly-restored monarchy and the new king Charles II, public opinion could not be ignored. Charles II was welcomed back to his kingdom with a mix of enthusiasm and relief, but his Church of England faced a more difficult restoration. After being outlawed for a decade, it faced the difficulties inherent in reconstituting the institution itself. It faced the challenge of countering the sentiments against it that had been spread during the Commonwealth. It also needed to establish religious harmony in a populace fractured into numerous denominations than it was before the war. Chapter three reveals how music was consistently pressed into service to maintain a favorable public opinion of Charles II and later James II and in the 1660s to support the restoration of the Church of England. It shows how musical propaganda was used to tout Charles II’s lack-luster victories over the Dutch as masterful triumphs, paint him as a benevolent father-figure to his people, and even give him a fictional victory over Oliver Cromwell. While these tactics recurred during the reign of James II, they were ultimately unable to overcome the public distaste for his Catholicism.

Keywords:   Church of England, Restoration, Charles II, James II, public opinion, Catholicism, propaganda, monarchy, church music

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