By Thomas N. Corns

A heritage of Seventeenth-century Literature outlines major advancements within the English literary culture among the years 1603 and 1690. an brisk and provocative background 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 construction and intake. seems to be on the advanced political, spiritual, cultural and social pressures on seventeenth-century writers. gains shut severe engagement with significant authors and texts. Thomas Corns is a tremendous foreign authority on Milton, the Caroline court docket, and the political literature of the English Civil battle and the Interregnum.

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Its preamble declares that the king and queen, wishing to provide a suitable remedy against the seditious and heretical books that were daily printed and published, gave certain privileges to the stationers. Specifically, the Company had a monopoly of printing, except for holders of particular royal permission, and was commissioned to search for, seize and confiscate any material printed contrary to any statute or proclamation. An assumption that press control fell within the royal prerogative was much older.

The new procedures for English histories – it is unclear whether it means books about England or books in English; perhaps both – whether implemented or not, demonstrate the extraordinary attention deemed appropriate for politically sensitive material. The Privy Council, in effect the executive wing of the crown and the highest council in the land, was, in theory at least, impanelled as licensers. Elizabeth’s reign closed on a book trade more mindful than ever of its subservient and client role within the power structure.

258–62; Orgel and Strong 1973: I, 209) Similarly, Prince Henry’s Barriers (1610), a chivalric and martial entertainment scripted by Jonson to commemorate Henry’s first bearing arms, concludes with a speech by Merlin which cautions the young prince to curb his militaristic impulses and observe the higher wisdom of James the peacemaker (Orgel and Strong 1973: I, 163). The death of Henry in 1612, together with Anne’s retirement from performance, led to a brief hiatus in royal masquing, though aristocratic masques were sometimes presented (for example, on the occasion of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth), as were masques produced by the Inns of Court.

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