The Jacobites, adherents of the exiled King James II of England and VII of Scotland and his descendants, continue to command attention long after the end of realistic Jacobite hopes down to the present. Extraordinarily, the promotion of the Jacobite cause and adherence to it were recorded in a rich and highly miscellaneous store of objects, including medals, portraits, pin-cushions, glassware and dice-boxes. Interdisciplinary and highly illustrated, this book combines legal and art history to survey the extensive material culture associated with Jacobites and Jacobitism. Neil Guthrie considers the attractions and the risks of making, distributing and possessing 'things of danger'; their imagery and inscriptions; and their place in a variety of contexts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Finally, he explores the many complex reasons underlying the long-lasting fascination with the Jacobites.
Neil Guthrie is a lawyer by profession and has published articles on Jacobite material culture, law and literary history, including 'Johnson's Touch-piece and the 'Charge of Fame': Personal and Public Aspects of the Medal in Eighteenth-Century Britain' in The Politics of Samuel Johnson (edited by H. Erskine-Hill and J. C. D. Clark, 2012).
Introduction; 1. 'By things themselves': the danger of Jacobite material culture; 2. 'Many emblems of sedition and treason': patterns of Jacobite visual symbolism; 3. 'Their disloyal and wicked inscriptions': the uses of texts on Jacobite objects; 4. 'Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis': phases and varieties of Jacobite material culture; 5. 'Those who are fortunate enough to possess pictures and relics': later uses of Jacobite material culture; Bibliography.