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  title={Re-membering the Body Politic: Hobbes and the Construction of Civic Immortality},
  author={Katherine Bootle Atti{\'e}},
  pages={497 - 530}
If the body politic, whereby the nature and composition of the civil state is described analogically in terms of the human body, was not a dead metaphor by the early seventeenth century, it was at best in critical condition. It suffered from chronic overexposure before glazed English eyes, and Edward Forset’s A Comparative Discourse of the Bodies Natural and Politique (1606), essentially an elaboration on Jacobean absolutist rhetoric, came close to delivering the coup de grâce. Forset frets… 

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