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A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature by Peter C. Herman

By Peter C. Herman

A brief background of Early sleek England provides the ancient and cultural info priceless for a richer realizing of English Renaissance literature.

  • Written in a transparent and available sort for an undergraduate point audience
  • Gives an outline of the period’s heritage in addition to an figuring out of the historiographic issues
  • Explores key old and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the booklet of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
  • Features extensive causes of key phrases and ideas, corresponding to absolutism and the Elizabethan Settlement

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A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature in Context

A brief background of Early smooth England offers the ancient and cultural details useful for a richer knowing of English Renaissance literature. Written in a transparent and available variety for an undergraduate point viewers provides an summary of the period’s heritage in addition to an knowing of the historiographic concerns Explores key old and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the book of John Milton’s Paradise Regained good points extensive causes of key phrases and ideas, comparable to absolutism and the Elizabethan cost

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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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