Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

On William Walwyn's Demurre to the Bill for Preventing the Growth and Spreading of Heresie
by LeClair, Andrew, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2018, 85; 13419063
Abstract (Summary)

During the English Revolution of the seventeenth century, writers like William Walwyn produced documents contesting the restriction of their liberties. This thesis is a critical edition of Walwyn’s Demurre to the Bill for Preventing the Growth and Spreading of Heresie, unedited since its original publication in 1646. In this text Walwyn advocates for man’s right to question religious orthodoxy in his search for Truth and urges Parliament not to pass a proposed Bill for the harsh punishment of religious sectarians.

Prior to a transcription of the text is an introduction to Walwyn and an attempt to situate the reader in the context of his time. Following that is a style and rhetorical analysis, which concludes that despite his rejection of rhetorical practices, Walwyn’s own use of them is effective. Perhaps this skill is one of the reasons that Parliament passed a milder, non-punitive version of the Bill Walwyn argued against.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Leeds, John C.
Commitee: Martin, Thomas L., Stockard, Emily
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: British and Irish literature
Keywords: Demurre to the Bill for Preventing the Growth and Spreading of Heresie, English Revolution, LeClair, Andrew, Levellers, Seventeenth century, Walwyn, William
Publication Number: 13419063
ISBN: 9780438868489
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