Anti-Catholicism, Incorrigibility and Credulity in the Warming-Pan Scandal of 1688-9

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Exploring the conspiratorial fictions surrounding the birth of James Francis Edward Stuart, prince of Wales, in 1688, this article argues for the centrality of confessional language and feeling in the representation of the revolution of 1688-9. The warming-pan scandal and related fictions, I argue, use obscurity and a (perceived) lack of evidence as the starting-point for a kind of propaganda that relies heavily on the suspension of disbelief, ironically demanding readerly faith in a sceptical, satirical, iconoclastic and pseudo-scientific deconstruction of an invented plot which ridicules Catholics for their implicit faith.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-448
Number of pages16
JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Issue number3
Early online date21 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

Structured keywords

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  • Warming-pan scandal
  • 1688
  • James Francis Edward Stuart
  • Old Pretender
  • John Dryden
  • James II
  • ‘Glorious’ revolution
  • propaganda

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