Warrior Bishop

The Atterbury Plot by Eveline Cruickshanks and Howard Erskine-Hill

The Atterbury Plot
Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
(323 pages, $68.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

The eighteenth-century Anglican bishop Francis Atterbury was not the first bishop to plan a revolution in England. Archbishop Stephen Langton had sided with the barons against King John and been the guiding force behind the Magna Carta in 1215, and Archbishop Cranmer had tried to make Lady Jane Grey queen of England instead of Mary Tudor.

In those days religion and politics were one. The seven high-church Tory bishops who—led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Sancroft—went to the Tower in 1688 and triggered the . . .

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Anne Barbeau Gardiner is Professor Emerita of English at John Jay College of the City University of New York. She has published on Dryden, Milton, and Swift, as well as on Catholics of the 17th century.

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