Includes bibliographical references (p. 203-227) and index.
Introduction: Rethinking Exclusion -- 1. Mapping the Radical Whigs: A Cultural and Social Biography -- 2. Resisting the Future: Secularism and the Debate over Exclusion -- 3. Refiguring the Past: Constitutionalism and the Debate over History -- 4. Creating Revolution: Robert Ferguson and the Rye House Plot -- 5. Making Martyrs: Rye House Legacies and Monmouth's Manifesto -- 6. Revolution Justified: The Radical Response to 1688 -- Conclusion: Radical Whig Legacies -- App. Radical Whig Careers.
In this book Melinda Zook examines the political culture of England during the 1670s and 1680s. She singles out an underground network of radical conspirators and propagandists who have been virtually ignored by historians. These men, and some women, were working to ensure a Protestant succession of the monarchy. In the course of their struggles with the government, their ideas became ever more radical and their tactics all the more violent. Their ideas reached an increasingly sympathetic and receptive audience, preparing the way for the Glorious Revolution of 1688.