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Author Weil, Rachel.

Title Plague of informers : conspiracy and political trust in William III's England / Rachel Weil
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 344 pages)
Series The Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history
Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
Contents Debates on National Security -- A Trusted Government? -- "A Tool with so Devilish an Edge": Government Officials and Political Informers in the 1690s -- Identity, Honor, and Gender in the Narratives of Informers -- Credit and Credibility in the Worlds of Richard Kingston -- Loyalty and Credibility in the Lancashire "Sham Plot" -- Representation, Politics, and Law in the Assassination Plot
Summary "Stories of plots, sham plots, and the citizen-informers who discovered them are at the center of Rachel Weil's compelling study of the turbulent decade following the Revolution of 1688. Most studies of the Glorious Revolution focus on its causes or long-term effects, but Weil instead zeroes in on the early years when the survival of the new regime was in doubt. By encouraging informers, imposing loyalty oaths, suspending habeas corpus, and delaying the long-promised reform of treason trial procedure, the Williamite regime protected itself from enemies and cemented its bonds with supporters, but also put its own credibility at risk"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject William III, King of England, 1650-1702 -- Adversaries.
Conspiracies -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- History -- William and Mary, 1689-1702.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Succession -- History -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1689-1702.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300199287 (electronic bk.)
1306370620 (electronic bk.)
9780300199284 (electronic bk.)
9781306370622 (electronic bk.)