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‘Achilles alter’
The heroic lives and afterlives of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
in Essex
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This chapter explores the ways in which a pre-eminent courtier such as Essex afforded frequent opportunities to enter the politically charged worlds of Tudor mythologizing. It also explores the diversity of ways in which acts of patronage and political heroism might be articulated in the textual cultures of Elizabeth's closing years. In direct comparison with his prominent military and political profiles, Robert Devereux's learning was widely appreciated. The conviction of some early modern voices, such as those of Ben Jonson and Edmund Bolton was Devereux himself, might certainly give these prefatory thoughts added piquancy for those Elizabethans who subscribed to such doctrines. The dual themes of Essex's political ambition and Elizabeth's penchant for royal favourites offered an irresistible narrative resource for a great number of authors throughout Europe in the seventeenth century.

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