Literature and Favoritism in Early Modern England by Curtis PerryLiterature and Favoritism in Early Modern England by Curtis Perry

Literature and Favoritism in Early Modern England

byCurtis Perry

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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For writers in the early modern period, thinking about royal favorites inevitably meant thinking about the uneasy intersection of the personal and the public in a political system traditionally organized around patronage and intimacy. Depictions of favoritism - in a variety of texts including plays, poems, libels, and pamphlets - explore the most fundamental ideological questions concerning personal monarchy and the early modern public sphere, questions about the nature and limits of prerogative and about the enfranchisement or otherwise of subjects. In this study, Curtis Perry examines the ideological underpinnings of the heated controversies surrounding powerful royal favorites and the idea of favoritism in the late Elizabethan and early Stuart period. Perry argues that the discourse of corrupt favoritism is this period's most important unofficial vehicle for exploring constitutional unease concerning the nature and limits of personal monarchy within the balanced English constitution.
Title:Literature and Favoritism in Early Modern EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521117321

ISBN - 13:9780521117326


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; A note on texts; 1. 'Prerogative Pleasures': favoritism and monarchy in early modern England; 2. Leicester and his ghosts; 3. Amici Principis: imagining the good favorite; 4. Poisoning favor; 5. Erotic favoritism as a language of corruption in early modern drama; 6. 'What pleased the prince': Edward II and the imbalanced constitution; 7. Instrumental favoritism and the uses of Roman history; Afterword: 'In a true sense there is no Monarchy'; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Perry's approach is well-argued, comprehensive, and fascinating first to last. This is an excellent book...His examples are excellent, and he always keeps us on his point...It is quite outstanding"
Michael Denbo, Renaissance Quarterly