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By Thomas N. Corns

ISBN-10: 0631221697

ISBN-13: 9780631221692

A background of Seventeenth-century Literature outlines major advancements within the English literary culture among the years 1603 and 1690. an lively and provocative historical past of English literature from 1603-1690. a part of the most important Blackwell historical past of English Literature sequence. Locates seventeenth-century English literature in its social and cultural contexts. Considers the actual stipulations of literary creation and intake. appears on the advanced political, non secular, cultural and social pressures on seventeenth-century writers. positive aspects shut severe 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 warfare and the Interregnum.

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It announced similar measures against the erotic verse of Sir John Davies and the late Marlowe. It demanded a total ban on publishing any works by Gabriel Harvey and Thomas Nashe, and the confiscation of their titles already The Last Years of Elizabeth I 25 in print; again, both were active satirists. It required that ‘noe Englishe historyes be printed excepte they be allowed by some of her maiesties privie Counsell’. Finally, it required ‘that noe playes be printed excepte they bee allowed by suche as have aucthorytie’ (Arber 1875–94: III, 316).

Nashe lived to see the publication of Summers Last Will and Testament in the following year. He died in 1601, and so conclusions are harder to draw. Plays were subject to pre-performance censorship, and the ordinary rules applied if they were to be printed; the measure here no more than insists on the strict observation of current procedures. The Ban targets specifically literary genres, in the case of satires, presumably because of their topicality; in the case of erotic verse, on grounds of decency.

His queen, Anne of Denmark, was a convert to Catholicism. James’s own faith was Calvinist, though his preferences in church government were episcopal and English Presbyterianism received no encouragement. He watched carefully the disruption caused in the United Provinces by the Arminian schism, and his policy at the Synod of Dort was support for orthodox Calvinism against Arminian innovation. ) Three principal disasters affected the literary history of these years. The plague of 1603, the worst for several years, brought with it, besides enormous loss of life, closure of London’s theatres, posing major problems for its acting companies (see below, ‘Early Jacobean Theatre’), and its frequent recurrence was also disruptive.

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