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The Dean of St Asaph's trial: libel and politics in the 1780s


Page, AR, The Dean of St Asaph's trial: libel and politics in the 1780s, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 32, (1) pp. 21-35. ISSN 1754-0194 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1754-0208.2008.00108.x


In the early 1780s the Society for Constitutional Information poured much time and money into defending a charge of libel against one of its supporters, Jonathan Shipley, dean of St Asaph. This effort has been dismissed by historians as a waste of resources and a reflection of the waning of the campaign for political reform. This article examines the political significance of the Shipley trial in light of recent scholarship that stresses the importance of the courtroom and print culture in reformist agitation.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:British politics, popular politics, seditious libel, Church of England, Dean of St Asaph, Society for Constitutional Information
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Page, AR (Dr Anthony Page)
ID Code:56950
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2009-06-10
Last Modified:2014-12-08

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