By Arthur F. Kinney
This is often the 1st entire account of English Renaissance literature within the context of the tradition that formed it: the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the tumult of Catholic and Protestant alliances in the course of the Reformation, the age of printing and of latest global discovery. The significant other covers advancements in poetry, prose, non secular writing, drama, satire and humanism in fourteen newly-commissioned essays, written by way of specialists for scholar readers. a close chronology of significant literary achievements concludes with an inventory of authors and their dates.
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Henry VII, as he became, was keen to present this event as a beginning: he employed historians such as Polydore Vergil and Bernard Andre to construct a Tudor version of history in which Richard III was portrayed as a murderous tyrant, and in which the marriage of Henry himself to Elizabeth of York was presented as the final resolution of fifteenth-century battles between the rival houses of York and Lancaster over the succession. To many English subjects the era which began in 1485 would appear to have ended in 1603 with the death of Henry Vffl's childless daughter Elizabeth.
19 The second is substantially false. Control over the presses was in fact exercised, in a characteristically Tudor fashion, by occasional grand (and usually ineffective) gestures of assertiveness, combined with a more or less systematic use of patronage and financial incentives. After Caxton had printed the first book to issue from an English press in 1476 sporadic efforts were made to ally the new medium to the Crown through the establishment of royal Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 COLIN BURROW printers, by a number of acts which sought to protect the business interests of the press, and, in 1557, by the granting of a monopoly over printing to members of the Stationers' Company.
5 John Clapham, Elizabeth of England, ed. Evelyn Plummer Read and Conyers Read (Philadelphia and London: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1951), pp. 98-99. 6 J. , The Progresses and Public Processions of Elizabeth I, 3 vols. (London: Society of Antiquaries, 1823), vol. 1, p. 41. 7 See John Guy, "Tudor Monarchy and its Critiques" and Patrick Collinson, "The Monarchical Republic of Elizabeth I," in The Tudor Monarchy, ed. John Guy, (London: Arnold, 1997), chs. 3 and 4. 8 For Grafton and Mulcaster's involvement, see Roy Strong, The Tudor and Stuart Monarchy: Pageantry, Painting, Iconography: 11 Elizabethan (Woodbridge: the Boydell Press, 1995), pp.
The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1500-1600 by Arthur F. Kinney