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The monarchy and charitylocked

  • Frank Prochaska

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'The munificence and liberality of princes … forms the chief lustre that irradiates their Crown, and transmits their names with honour to posterity.' So wrote Anthony Highmore, an early nineteenth-century commentator on charity. But Highmore's positive association of monarchy with charity was not one widely shared by contemporary members of the royal family, despite their extensive philanthropic contacts built up over the centuries. For their part, ...

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