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date: 05 December 2019

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This article analyzes the published sermons that were preached during the British government’s celebration of more than thirty occasions of national thanksgiving from 1689 to 1800. The circumstances that prompted thanksgiving celebrations included the “deliverance” of England from “popery and arbitrary government” in 1689; William III’s escape from assassination in 1696; the military successes in Queen Anne’s reign; the Union of England and Scotland; the achievement of Hanoverian succession, the defeat of Jacobite rebellions; the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle; the victory at Québec, several treaties of Paris; and the commemoration of naval victory at the Battle of the Nile.

Keywords: national thanksgiving, thanksgiving sermons, published sermons, British society, seventeenth century, eighteenth century

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