Bound up with Meaning: The Politics and Memory of Ribbon Wearing in Restoration England and Scotland

  title={Bound up with Meaning: The Politics and Memory of Ribbon Wearing in Restoration England and Scotland},
  author={Edward Legon},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  pages={27 - 50}
  • Edward Legon
  • Published 1 January 2017
  • History
  • Journal of British Studies
Abstract During the Exclusion Crisis (1678–83), political opinion polarized around the issue of who, or indeed what, should succeed Charles II. In addition to the labels “Whigs” and “Tories,” the rapid polarization of politics after 1681 resulted in the adoption of blue and red ribbons distinguishing the two movements. This article focuses on the Whigs’ blue ribbon, arguing that the device created the sense of an “imagined consensus” within the group's varied support base. The Whigs’ enemies… Expand
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