Writing Under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation

Paperback | October 15, 2007

byGreg Walker

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Writing Under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation spans the boundaries between literary studies and history. It looks at the impact of tyrannical government on the work of poets, playwrights, and prose writers of the early English Renaissance. It shows the profoundeffects that political oppression had on the literary production of the years from 1528 to 1547, and how English writers in turn strove to mitigate, redirect, and finally resist that oppression. The result was the destruction of a number of forms that had dominated the literary production oflate-medieval England, but also the creation of new forms that were to dominate the writing of the following centuries. Paradoxically, the tyranny of Henry VIII gave birth to many modes of writing now seen to be characteristic of the English literary Renaissance.

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Writing Under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation spans the boundaries between literary studies and history. It looks at the impact of tyrannical government on the work of poets, playwrights, and prose writers of the early English Renaissance. It shows the profoundeffects that political oppression had on the liter...

Greg Walker is a Professor of Early-Modern Literature and Culture, University of Leicester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:568 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:October 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199231974

ISBN - 13:9780199231973

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Table of Contents

1. The Long Divorce of Steel: Tyranny and Political Culture in Henry VIII's EnglandPoetry and the Culture of Counsel: The 1532 iWorkes of Geffray Chaucer/i and John Heywood's iPlay of the Wether/i2. A Gift for Henry VIII3. The Signs of the World: The 'Wondrous' Divisions of the early 1530s4. Reading Chaucer in 15325. Thynne and Tuke's Apocrypha6. Mocking the Thunder: Henry VIII, Jupiter, and John Heywood's iPlay of the Wether/i'To Virtue Persuaded'?: The Persistent Counsels of Sir Thomas Elyot7. Sir Thomas Elyot and the King's Great Matter8. iThe Boke Named the Governor/i: Good Kingship and the Royal Supremacy9. Tyranny and the Conscience of Man: Elyot's Dialogues, 1533-3410. From Supremacy to Tyranny11. The Apotheosis of Sir Thomas ElyotThe Death of Counsel: Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey12. Sir Thomas Wyatt: Poetry and Politics13. Tyranny Condemned: Wyatt's Epistolary Satires14. Wyatt's Embassy, Treason, and 'The Defence'15. Pleading With Power: Wyatt's Penitential Psalms16. 'Wyatt Resteth Here': Henry Howard and the Invention of Resistance17. Writing under Tyranny: Wyatt, Surrey, and the Reinvention of English Poetry

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`...a monumental achievement that furthers our understanding of an area that Walker has done much to illuminate over the years. The careful and scrupulous analysis of a whole range of texts that deserve to be better known, and more meticulously read, has resulted in a serious, scholarly and,in places, profound work, well written throughout.'Andrew Hadfield, Times Literary Supplement