By Peter C. Herman
A brief background of Early glossy England provides the historic and cultural details useful for a richer realizing of English Renaissance literature.
- Written in a transparent and obtainable variety for an undergraduate point viewers
- Gives an summary of the period’s background in addition to an knowing of the historiographic issues
- Explores key old and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the ebook of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
- Features intensive reasons of key words and ideas, reminiscent of 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, girl 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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Extra resources for A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature in Context
This event ushered in the English Reformation, when the supposed unity of the Catholic Church will fracture into any number of competing versions of Christianity. Not only does one have the main division in England between Catholicism and Protestantism, but Protestantism itself will continuously subdivide (much more on this in subsequent chapters). indd 15 1/27/2011 4:49:06 PM An Overview of Early Modern England Social Organization The same complexity and tension applies to England’s social organization.
A. S. P. Woodhouse (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951), 382. Thomas More, Utopia, ed. Edward Surtz (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964), 24. 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.
Why does York say that Richard risks rebellion? As we learned in Chapter 1, there were two theories of monarchy current in early modern England, absolutism (the monarch is above the law), and the Ancient Constitution (the monarch is bound by the law). While the two are largely opposite in their means, they share a common end: the preservation of private property. ”14 By seizing Henry Bolingbroke’s inheritance without any legal cause, Richard II violated the central tenet of England’s political system: the sanctity of private property.