Conference: dissent and the Hanoverian succession

14 Gordon Square, Dr Williams’s Library, London WC1H 0AR
Arts and Law, Research
Saturday 10th May 2014 (10:30-16:45)
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‘Dissent and the Hanoverian Succession’ is the tenth annual one-day conference of the Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies, a collaboration between the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, and Dr Williams's Library.

At the tercentenary of the succession of George I, the conference will examine the place and views of religious dissenters in the reigns of Anne and George I.

Fee: £10, or £4 for students, payable at door. Sandwich lunch included.

There will be four lectures, each followed by discussion:

  • Dr Andrew Thompson (University of Cambridge), ‘The Politics of Monarchy and the Politics of Dissent in Early Hanoverian Brit
  • Dr Gabriel Glickman (University of Warwick), ‘Jacobitism, Dissent and Toleration’
  • Dr Benjamin Bankhurst (Institute for Historical Research, London), ‘Irish Dissent, the Penal Laws and the Legacy of Jonathan Swift During the Reigns of Anne and George I’ 
  • Professor Bob Owens (University of Bedfordshire), ‘“But what if the Queen should die?”: Defoe, the Dissenters, and the Succession’

Early registration is recommended (by email to, as numbers are limited. Please see the full programme and registration details at