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Andrew MarvellThe Chameleon$
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Nigel Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300112214

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300112214.001.0001

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Introduction: The Problem of Andrew Marvell

Introduction: The Problem of Andrew Marvell

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: The Problem of Andrew Marvell
Andrew Marvell

Nigel Smith

Yale University Press

This chapter introduces the effect and influence that Andrew Marvell had after his death in August 1678. Emerging as a posthumous hero of the emergent Whig party during the Exclusion Crisis of 1678–1681, he is seen as a figure who greatly rocked the kingdom with his An Account of the Growth of Popery and Arbitrary Government (1677). In this pamphlet, Marvell provided a close analysis of Parliamentary procedure in 1677 and political history during the previous ten years—all the while showing just how the government had been undermining English liberties, placing the blame on pro-Catholic courtiers led by the King's brother, James, Duke of York. The chapter goes on to narrate the fullness of Marvell's work and how this overall affected the political context of the country during its time.

Keywords:   Andrew Marvell, Whig party, Exclusion Crisis, Parliamentary procedure, Arbitrary Government, pro-Catholic courtiers, undermining English liberties

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