The Queen Caroline Affair and the Politicisation of the Church of England

Nicholas Dixon is an AHRC-funded second-year PhD student at Pembroke College, Cambridge. His doctoral research concerns the political and social influence of the Church of England during the early nineteenth century, with a particular focus on the Anglican clergy’s involvement in parliamentary politics, elementary education and tract distribution. He has also investigated various aspects of the Church’s relationship with the British monarchy and, at this year’s EHS summer conference (for which he was awarded a bursary), presented a paper on Queen Adelaide’s role in promoting Anglicanism in Malta. This post, which describes the implications of the ‘Queen Caroline Affair’ for the Church, draws together two important themes of his enquiries: the religious dimension of monarchy and clerical political activity.

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