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A Brief History of English Literature by John Peck

By John Peck

A full of life introductory advisor to English literature from Beowulf to the current day. The authors write of their typically lucid variety and current the texts when it comes to their social, political and cultural contexts. transparent and concise, the up to date moment version now contains a new ultimate bankruptcy on twenty-first century literature.

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Laurence Stone, The Crisis of the Aristocracy: 1558–1641 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1967), 23. John Aubrey, Aubrey’s Brief Lives, ed. Oliver L. Dick (New York: Godine, 1999), xxiii. I am grateful to Robin Hamilton for his help with this quotation. Stubbes, The Anatomy of Abuses (London, 1583), sig. C2v. The incident is recounted in Hall, Hall’s Chronicle, 699–700. Smith, De Republica Anglorum, 76. The first creation story can be found in Genesis 1:1–2:3. Generally, early modern interpreters conflated the two stories.

William Harrison, The Description of England, ed. Georges Edelen (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1968), 120. Harrison, Description of England, 120. Harrison, Description of England, 118. Harrison, Description of England, 118. Hall’s Chronicle, 642. Historical Manuscripts Commission: Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Marquis of Salisbury, ed. E. Salisbury (London: HMSO, 1915), ser. 9, vol. 13, 168–9. The True Leveller’s Standard Advanced, in Puritanism and Liberty, ed. A. S. P. Woodhouse (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951), 382.

These speeches did not put the audience to sleep (in fact, the Henry VI plays were wildly popular) because this information mattered to early modern audiences and readers in ways that contemporaries, whose eyes tend to glaze over when confronted with long passages filled with who had issue by whom, need to recover if we are to fully understand this period’s literature. indd 29 1/28/2011 12:44:57 PM From Richard II to Henry VII who married King James IV of Scotland in 1503. 331). Given that Caliban’s claim to legitimacy mirrors that of King James, a Jacobean audience could not, or should not, easily dismiss it, and therefore, we are invited to reconsider both Caliban and Prospero’s claims to sovereignty and moral probity.

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