New PDF release: A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature

By Peter C. Herman

ISBN-10: 1405195606

ISBN-13: 9781405195607

ISBN-10: 1444395009

ISBN-13: 9781444395006

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

  • Written in a transparent and obtainable variety for an undergraduate point viewers
  • Gives an outline of the period’s heritage in addition to an knowing of the historiographic issues
  • Explores key historic and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the book of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
  • Features extensive factors of keyword phrases and ideas, similar to absolutism and the Elizabethan Settlement

Chapter 1 an outline of Early glossy England (pages 1–26):
Chapter 2 The Back?Story of the Tudor Dynasty: From Richard II to Henry VII (pages 27–58):
Chapter three Henry VII, Henry VIII, and the Henrician period (1509–47) (pages 59–91):
Chapter four Edward VI, woman Jane gray, and Mary I (1547–53) (pages 92–114):
Chapter five The Elizabethan period (1558–1603) (pages 115–148):
Chapter 6 The Reign of King James VI/I (1603–25) (pages 149–178):
Chapter 7 Charles I (1625–42): From Accession to the start of the Civil Wars (pages 180–213):
Chapter eight The Civil Wars, the Commonwealth, and the Early recovery (1642–71) (pages 214–251):

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23 Power, Smith writes, does not inhere in the monarch; rather, “The most high and absolute power of the realm of England is in the Parliament,”24 and Smith was no wild-eyed, bearded radical: he was Queen Elizabeth I’s ambassador to France when he wrote this book. 25 At times, however, the “tugging” went considerably beyond squabbles in Parliament or litigation, which raises the question of whether rebellion was ever justified. As we have seen, according to absolutist thinking, the answer is an unqualified no.

Indd 39 1/28/2011 12:44:58 PM From Richard II to Henry VII of Shrewsbury on July 21, 1403 (the battle that ends Shakespeare’s I Henry IV), in which Hotspur was killed. While Northumberland managed to avoid being charged for treason, he did not stop scheming against Henry IV, and in 1405, he entered into an alliance with Owen Glendower and Sir Edmund Mortimer, creating a plan to divide the kingdom among them and place Mortimer on the throne (Shakespeare alters the chronology by moving the plot to before the Battle of Shrewsbury).

31 God is to creation, in other words, as monarch is to subject, male to female, aristocrat to subject, those of high degree to low, and parent to child. While the overall picture is of an organic, interdependent society (“every one have need of other”), yet it is a society based on deference: subjects defer to the monarch, children defer to parents, and women defer to men. This order is divinely ordained, and therefore, stable. The sixteenth-century historian, William Harrison (1535–93), also reproduces the official view of England’s social order.

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