In this Book

An Account of Denmark
summary
The Liberty Fund edition of An Account of Denmark, with its related texts, is the first modern edition of Molesworth’s writings. This volume presents not only An Account, a text that for most of the eighteenth century was recognized as one of the canonical works of Whiggism, but also his translation of Francogallia and Some Considerations for the Promoting of Agriculture and Employing the Poor. These texts encompass Molesworth’s major political statements on liberty as well as his important and understudied recommendations for the application of liberty to economic improvement, all presented here with editorial apparatus to provide historical and contextual background for the reader.

In An Account of Denmark, "Robert Molesworth famously diagnosed the causes of a disordered commonwealth," writes Champion in the introduction. "Unlike the reception of Locke, Molesworth's writings provided insight into processes of corruption rather than simply a set of prescriptive juristic values. In the Account of Denmark, especially, Molesworth established how tyranny worked, identifying the contaminating ideologies and institutions."Robert Molesworth (1656–1725) was an Irish politician and diplomat.

Justin Champion is Chair of the History Department at Royal Holloway College, University of London.David Womersley is Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Thomas Hollis Library
  2. pp. vii-viii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xl
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Editorial Apparatus
  2. pp. xli-xlii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Biographical Descriptions
  2. pp. xliii-xlviii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Textual Policy
  2. pp. xlix-l
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List of Sources
  2. pp. li-lii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. liii-lv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. lvii-61
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. An Account of Denmark
  2. pp. 1-63
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Contents
  2. pp. 5-6
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Preface
  2. pp. 7-25
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1 Of the Territories belonging to the King of Denmark, and their Situation
  2. pp. 27-29
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2 Of Denmark in particular, and the Island of Zealand
  2. pp. 30-34
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3 Of the Sound
  2. pp. 35-40
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4 Of the other Islands, and Jutland
  2. pp. 41-43
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5 Of the Rest of the King of Denmark’s Countries
  2. pp. 44-48
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6 Of their Form of Government
  2. pp. 49-52
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7 Manner How the Kingdom of Denmark Became Hereditary and Absolute
  2. pp. 53-64
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8 The Condition, Customs, and Temper of the People
  2. pp. 65-75
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9 Of the Revenue
  2. pp. 76-89
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10 Of the Army, Fleet, and Fortresses
  2. pp. 90-102
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11 Of the Court
  2. pp. 103-121
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12 Disposition and Inclinations of the King of Denmark towards his Neighbours
  2. pp. 122-127
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 13 The Manner of Dispossessing, and restoring the Duke of Holstein Gottorp
  2. pp. 128-136
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 14 The Interests of Denmark in relation to other Princes
  2. pp. 137-142
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 15 Of the Laws, Courts of Justice, etc.
  2. pp. 143-150
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 16 The State of Religion, of the Clergy, and Learning, etc.
  2. pp. 151-155
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Conclusion
  2. pp. 156-161
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Francogallia, Or an Account of the Ancient Free State of France
  2. pp. 163-165
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Preface to the Reader
  2. pp. 167-169
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Translator's Preface
  2. pp. 171-190
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index of the Chapters
  2. pp. 191-192
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Short Extract of the Life of Francis Hotoman
  2. pp. 193-199
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Explication of the Roman Names mention’d by Hotoman
  2. pp. 201-202
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Author's Preface
  2. pp. 203-207
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1 The State of Gaul, before it was reduced into a Province by the Romans
  2. pp. 209-214
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2 Probable Conjectures concerning the ancient Language of the Gauls
  2. pp. 215-219
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3 The State of Gaul, after it was reduced into the Form of a Province by the Romans
  2. pp. 220-224
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4 Of the Original of the Franks;who having possessed themselves of Gallia, changed its Name into that of Francia, or Francogallia
  2. pp. 225-231
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5 Of the Name of the Franks,and their sundry Excursions; and what time they first began to establish a Kingdom in Gallia
  2. pp. 232-238
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6 Whether the Kingdom of Francogallia was hereditary or elective; and the manner of making its Kings
  2. pp. 239-246
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7 What Rule was observ’d concerning the Inheritance of the deceased King, when he left more Children than one
  2. pp. 247-251
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8 Of the Salick Law, and what Right Women had in the King’ s their Father’s Inheritance
  2. pp. 252-255
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9 Of the Right of Wearing a large Head of Hair peculiar to the Royal Family
  2. pp. 256-259
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10 The Form and Constitution of the Francogallican Government
  2. pp. 260-269
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11 Of the Sacred Authority of the Publick Council; and what Affairs were wont to be transacted therein
  2. pp. 270-275
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12 Of the Kingly Officers, commonly call’d Mayors of the Palace
  2. pp. 276-279
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 13 Whether Pipin was created King by the Pope or by the Authority of the Francogallican Council
  2. pp. 280-284
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 14 Of the Constable, and Peers of France
  2. pp. 285-289
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 15 Of the continued Authority and Power of the Sacred Council, during the Reign of the Carolingian Family
  2. pp. 290-294
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 16 Of the Capetian Race, and the Manner of its obtaining the Kingdom of Francogallia
  2. pp. 295-297
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 17 Of the uninterrupted Authority of the Publick Council during the Capetian Race
  2. pp. 298-301
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 18 Of the Remarkable Authority of the Council against Lewis the Eleventh
  2. pp. 302-306
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 19 Of the Authority of the Assembly of the States concerning the most important Affairs of Religion
  2. pp. 307-308
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 20 Whether Women are not as much debarred (by the Francogallican Law) from the Administration, as from the Inheritance of the Kingdom
  2. pp. 309-316
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 21 Of the Juridical Parliaments in France
  2. pp. 317-324
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Some Considerations for the Promoting of Agriculture and Employing the Poor
  2. pp. 325-327
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. To The Gentlemen of the Honourable House of Commons of Ireland
  2. pp. 329-389
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Some Considerations for the Promoting of Agriculture, Etc.
  2. pp. 331-351
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix 1 Selected Sources Cited in Francogallia
  2. pp. 353-358
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Loeb Classical Library
  2. pp. 359-360
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Appendix 2 Ordonnance pour les Rangs du Royaumede Danemarck
  2. pp. 361-365
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 367-394
  3. restricted access Download |

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.