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Yet the middle course that Locke attempted to steer deserves to be teased out in its full context, a context that includes the dragonnades of Poitou and the execution of Oliver Plunkett, the anti-Trinitarian writings of Isaac Newton and the poetry of John Dryden, the polemics of Pierre jurieu and the correspondence on Christian unity between Leibniz and Bossuet.
One Presbyterian apologist, writing after the Glorious Revolution, compared the policy to Louis XIV's dragonnades against the Huguenots in the 1680s and concluded that this was one instance where 'we were in fashion before France'.