HIGH POLITICS IN THE SHADOW OF THE TOWER

HIGH POLITICS IN THE SHADOW OF THE TOWER
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Thomas Osborne, Earl of Danby and later 1st Duke of Leeds, and Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, were two of the most significant political figures in post-restoration England and they clashed between 1673 and 1679. This was an age when politics was still a risky occupation, and both men spent substantial periods in the Tower; Osborne for almost 5 years and Ashley Cooper for 18 months in two spells, before he finally fled the country shortly before his death in 1682. Their parliamentary rivalry was a precursor to better known contests between Pitt the Younger and Fox, and Gladstone and Disraeli. In addition, the adversaries had much to do with the creation of the first political parties; a government or Court party, built up by Osborne which would later be characterised as Tory, and the Whigs founded by Ashley Cooper.
Dr. Tom Robertson

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