By Thomas N. Corns

ISBN-10: 0631221697

ISBN-13: 9780631221692

A heritage of Seventeenth-century Literature outlines major advancements within the English literary culture among the years 1603 and 1690. an brisk and provocative heritage of English literature from 1603-1690. a part of the foremost Blackwell background of English Literature sequence. Locates seventeenth-century English literature in its social and cultural contexts. Considers the actual stipulations of literary construction and intake. appears on the advanced political, non secular, cultural and social pressures on seventeenth-century writers. positive aspects shut serious engagement with significant authors and texts. Thomas Corns is an incredible foreign authority on Milton, the Caroline court docket, and the political literature of the English Civil conflict and the Interregnum.

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20 The Last Years of Elizabeth I Sidney was a unique figure in Elizabethan literary history. His eminence derived in part from his political and social status. He was a prominent figure in the court faction most implacably hostile to peaceful coexistence with Catholicism at home or abroad, and a fierce advocate of open hostility to Spain. He manifested little political acumen, but his sister was the Countess of Pembroke and, more significantly, the Earl of Leicester, for a time the most influential of Elizabeth’s counsellors, was his uncle.

But the queen demanded entertainment, and the theatre companies left standing after the Isle of Dogs scandal often played at court. They did so, in part, because it was much cheaper to hire them that to stage court entertainments, and ‘most of the surviving Elizabethan entertainments were not performed at court, but were presented to the Queen on her progresses around the country’ (Lindley 1995: xvi). The rich achievements of late Elizabethan literary culture, the work of Spenser and Marlowe, the early writing of Shakespeare, Bacon and Donne: all owe virtually nothing to Elizabeth herself or the cultural microclimate she inhabited.

All presses had to be ‘openly displayed’ and accessible to the officers of the Company; presses used in any way illicitly could be ‘defaced, sawn to pieces, battered or broken at the smith’s forge’ (Greg 1967: 41). No presses could be set up outside London. In Blagden’s telling phrase, the Decree ‘does not make pleasant reading’ (1960: 71–3). In 1599 the final significant Elizabethan measure of control, the socalled ‘Bishops’ Ban’, amounted to a decree from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London instructing the Stationers’ Company to address five issues.

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