Appendix XIX: Rogues, madmen, bankrupts and suicides

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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Rogues, madmen, bankrupts and suicides

In the late 17th and early 18th centuries political rhetoric often embodied an ethical imperative. Members and electors became obsessed with the idea that the