Quevedo, antídoto contra los "whigs" y los "tories" en la Inglaterra del siglo XVIII = Quevedo, antidote against the “whigs” and the “tories” in England in the eighteenth-century
It is well known that Quevedo’s satirical and burlesque works enjoyed remarkable success in the European context, but the spread of its moral and political literature deserves more critical approaches. His political treatises, and also his satiricmoral works, with evident political intention, aroused a particular interest in England at the beginning of the 18th century. This article discusses the English version of his first part of Política de Dios, a sort of bestseller in Europe. Based on the phenomenon of translating political texts in such geographic context and Quevedo’s European dissemination, it addresses the particular situation of England, to explain patterns of an “anglican” version against the evil Favorites and Ministers. Published in 1715, Divine maxims of Government without Whig or Tory evidences the interest aroused by a work developed in a very different ideological context, and also the strategies developed to adapt Quevedo’s text to the political and religious circumstances of England, a country where Protestantism was already consolidated, and also a constitutional monarchy, which cornered the monarchical absolutism, still alive in France or Spain. The English version shows their practical purpose to be inserted in a context of polemics and political pamphlets in which the whigs and tories factions played a decisive role.
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