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Material Culture and Sedition, 1688–1760

Treacherous Objects, Secret Places


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Murray Pittock
    Pages 32-58
  3. Murray Pittock
    Pages 59-92
  4. Murray Pittock
    Pages 93-124
  5. Murray Pittock
    Pages 151-158
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 159-226

About this book


Material Culture and Sedition, 1688-1760 is a groundbreaking study of the ways in which material culture (and its associated designs, rituals and symbols) was used to avoid prosecution for treason and sedition in the British Isles. The fresh theoretical model it presents challenges existing accounts of the public sphere and consumer culture.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

About the authors

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a prizewinner of that society and of the British Academy. He has previously held chairs or other senior appointments at Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Manchester universities. His internationally leading work on Jacobitism and Romanticism includes Scottish and Irish Romanticism (2008, 2011), The Myth of the Jacobite Clans (1995, 1999, 2009), The Edinburgh Companion to Scottish Romanticism (2011) and Robert Burns in Global Culture (2011).

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"This is a rich and exciting book from one of the foremost historians of Jacobitism. With verve and unique insight Pittock transports us into a secret Jacobite world of gestures, tokens and hidden symbolism. Jacobitism was the creed that did not dare speak its name; Pittock rediscovers its voice in a way that will transform our entire understanding of the subject." - Daniel Szechi, University of Manchester, UK

"'This excellent book triumphs in the face of some notable challenges . . . Murray Pittock . . . successfully manages to pull together and consolidate primary and secondary literature that is spread across a wide variety of disciplines to create what he terms a 'unified field of enquiry'. . . [which] incorporates the work of historians, art historians, architectural historians, literary scholars, antiquarians, collectors and amateur historians into a rigorous and comprehensible whole. . . It will be the authoritative text on the topic for many years to come . . .That it adds so much to the significance of material culture and its omnipresence in every aspect of political and social discourse adds immeasurably to its value and the range of disciplines that can gain insight from its fascinating content". - Robin Nicolson, Eighteenth-Century Scotland

'...a fascinating collection of material evidence, from trick goblets to plantations of certain kinds of trees; from the architectural layout of manor houses to reconstructed accounts of rituals, codes, and cant words. Pittock has a brilliant eye for detail, as is necessary when dealing with a subject that can reveal itself even in the way one drinks a glass of wine... a rich and varied trove of evidence.' Elias Grieg, BARS Review