Break their teeth, O God

Colin Kidd

  • Faction Displayed: Reconsidering the Impeachment of Dr Henry Sacheverell edited by Mark Knights
    Wiley-Blackwell, 132 pp, £19.99, February 2012, ISBN 978 1 4443 6187 2
  • The State Trial of Doctor Henry Sacheverell edited by Brian Cowan
    Wiley-Blackwell, 307 pp, £22.99, November 2012, ISBN 978 1 4443 3223 0

The birth of Prince George obviates the immediate need for the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 which introduced gender equality into the line of succession. Section 2 of the Act addresses, though only in part, another outmoded form of discrimination: ‘A person is not disqualified from succeeding to the crown or from possessing it as a result of marrying a person of the Roman Catholic faith.’ So, while Catholicism is now acceptable in a royal spouse, a future monarch must still avoid the snares of Catholic worship.

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