Suspicious Moderate offers the first detailed analysis of Sancta Clara's works. In addition to his notorious Deus, natura, gratia (1634), Sancta Clara wrote a comprehensive defense of episcopacy (1640), a monumental treatise on ecumenical councils (1649), and a treatise on natural philosophy and miracles (1662). By carefully examining the context of Sancta Clara's ideas, Davenport argues that he aimed at educating English Roman Catholics into a depoliticized and capacious Catholicism suited to personal moral reasoning in a pluralistic world. In the course of her research, Davenport also discovered that "Philip Scot," the author of the earliest English discussions of Hobbes (a treatise published in 1650), was none other than Sancta Clara. Davenport demonstrates how Sancta Clara joined the effort to fight Hobbes's Erastianism by carefully reflecting on Hobbes's pioneering ideas and by attempting to find common ground with him, no matter how slight.
Spirited Briony Winters can't believe her ears. Her beloved godmother's will pushes her into marriage—with notorious rake Luke Kingsley. But when her wickedly handsome husband-to-be promises not to claim his rights, Briony takes a deep breath and says, "I do."
Luke is used to having secrets, and he's keeping his true reasons for marrying Briony hidden. Let her believe him merely another spoiled, indebted rakehell. Yet it's increasingly hard to hide his real self from his ever more inquisitive wife….
When an unseasonable snowstorm brings an assortment of stranded travelers to Lady Beatrice Lindley's door, companion Miss Ruth Harrington welcomes them in, flustered though she is by the towering presence of Colonel Hugo Prentiss. But the next morning, Ruth's quiet existence on the moor is shattered—Lady Beatrice is dead!
Convinced there's more to her employer's demise than meets the eye, Ruth seeks the one man who can help her uncover the truth—the enigmatic Colonel. But in a world where nothing is what it seems, can Ruth and Hugo come to put their trust in each other?
Julian Stapleford, Marquis of Wroxam, is confounded when his estranged wife reappears after an eight-year absence. After being caught in the arms of another man, Lady Jennifer vanished from his life without a trace. Julian is surprised to find that Jennifer is no longer the naive girl he'd married, but instead a genteel lady of integrity with a son who is unquestionably his. Julian finds himself instinctively drawn to his newfound fatherhood. But he will certainly not make the mistake of falling for the same woman again. Or will he?
Alone in the world, too proud to accept charity, vicar's daughter Emma Lynn earns her living by cooking—in a tavern! But her independence has a heavy price: a tavern wench isn't fit to mix with the gentry, and Emma has turned her back on the Polite World.
Mr. Benedict Grantley, amateur sleuth and baronet's heir, isn't going to let Emma's principles stand in his way. As Ben uncovers the startling truth about a series of murders, Emma is thrust into Society…thrown into danger…and plunged into love!