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Alexandra Gajda

Essex’s ambitions to ‘become an other Henry the 4 th ’. 4 Essex’s circle has also been strongly associated with the English manifestation of broader intellectual trends: the political thought associated with Roman history, especially Tacitus, which electrified European literati in the later sixteenth century, and the directed reading of history with a serious political purpose

in Essex
Spenser’s Machiavelli
Andrew Wadoski

English Political Thought, 1570–1640 ( Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 1995 ), p. 74 . 13 Brady, The Chief Governors , p. 297. 14 Wootton, Power, Pleasure, and Profit , p. 65

in Spenser’s ethics
Virtuous discipline in the mutable world
Andrew Wadoski

, largely intuitively), what Ethan Shagan argues was a wholesale transformation of the very concept of moderation in early modern English legal and political thought, one in which the classical virtues became a tool of radical, and often physically violent, forms of coercion and repression. As Shagan suggests, this paradoxical reconfiguration of moderation into a mode of coercive violence offered

in Spenser’s ethics
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Emptying the virtuous middle in Elizabethan Ireland

: Cambridge University Press , 2002 ). 17 Markku Peltonen , Classical Humanism and Republicanism in English Political Thought, 1570–1640 ( Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 1995 ), p. 73 . 18

in Spenser’s ethics

The subject of Britain reads key early seventeenth-century texts by Bacon, Daniel, Drayton, Hume, Jonson, Shakespeare and Speed within the context of the triple monarchy of King James VI and I, whose desire to create a united Britain unleashed serious debate and reflection concerning nationhood and national sovereignty. This book traces writing on Britain through a variety of discursive forms: succession literature, panegyric, union tracts and treatises, plays, maps and histories. Attending to the emergence of new ideologies and new ways of thinking about collective identities, The subject of Britain seeks to advance knowledge by foregrounding instances of fruitful cultural production in this period. Bacon’s and Hume’s pronouncements on the common ancestry, the cultural proximity of Britain’s inhabitants, for instance, evinces Jacobean imaginings of peoples and nations joining together, however tenuously. By focusing on texts printed in not just London but also Edinburgh as well as manuscript material that circulated across Britain, this book sheds valuable light on literary and extra-literary texts in relation to the wider geopolitical context that informed, indeed enabled, their production. By combining the historical study of literary and non-literary texts with the history of political thought and the history of the book broadly defined, The subject of Britain offers a fresh approach to a signal moment in the history of early modern Britain. Given its interdisciplinary nature, this book will appeal to literary historians and historians of early modern Britain as well as undergraduates and postgraduates.

Clarendon, Cressy and Hobbes, and the past, present and future of the Church of England
Paul Seaward

 away. Notes 1 For the relationship between Hobbes and Hyde, see Martin Dzelzainis, ‘Edward Hyde and Thomas Hobbes’s Elements of Law, Natural and Politic’, Historical Journal, 32.2 (1989), 303–​17. 2 Thomas Hobbes, Behemoth, ed. by Paul Seaward (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 6–​10; the latest and most sophisticated account of the attack on Hobbes in 1666–​68 is Jon Parkin, ‘Baiting the Bear: the Anglican attack on Hobbes in the later 1660s’, History of Political Thought, 34.3 (2013), 421–​58. 3 Richard Ollard, Clarendon and his Friends (London

in From Republic to Restoration
Amanda L. Capern

temporal kings.124 However, her political thinking –​and her claim of a licence to preach –​was inherited from the very large number of women writers who had gone before her and for whom the civil wars, but, more significantly, the Republic, represented an authorising moment in English history. Therefore, when Patricia Crawford once argued that the impact of the civil wars and Interregnum ‘was remarkable’, she was absolutely correct. However, this chapter offers an addition to her analysis, finding that the most far-​reaching consequences for gender and political thought

in From Republic to Restoration

Ralph Knevet's Supplement of the Faery Queene (1635) is a narrative and allegorical work, which weaves together a complex collection of tales and episodes, featuring knights, ladies, sorcerers, monsters, vertiginous fortresses and deadly battles – a chivalric romp in Spenser's cod medieval style. The poem shadows recent English history, and the major military and political events of the Thirty Years War. But the Supplement is also an ambitiously intertextual poem, weaving together materials from mythic, literary, historical, scientific, theological, and many other kinds of written sources. Its encyclopaedic ambitions combine with Knevet's historical focus to produce an allegorical epic poem of considerable interest and power.

This new edition of Knevet's Supplement, the first scholarly text of the poem ever published, situates it in its literary, historical, biographical, and intellectual contexts. An extensive introduction and copious critical commentary, positioned at the back of the book, will enable students and scholars alike to access Knevet's complicated and enigmatic meanings, structures, and allusions.

This book is the first ever concordance to the rhymes of Spenser’s epic. It gives the reader unparalleled access to the formal nuts and bolts of this massive poem: the rhymes which he used to structure its intricate stanzas.

As well as the main concordance to the rhymes, the volume features a wealth of ancillary materials, which will be of value to both professional Spenserians and students, including distribution lists and an alphabetical listing of all the words in The Faerie Queene. The volume breaks new ground by including two studies by Richard Danson Brown and J. B. Lethbridge, so that the reader is given provocative analyses alongside the raw data about Spenser as a rhymer. Brown considers the reception of rhyme, theoretical models and how Spenser’s rhymes may be reading for meaning. Lethbridge in contrast discusses the formulaic and rhetorical character of the rhymes.

Sir Philip Sidney’s legacy of anti-factionalism
Richard James Wood

highlight philosophical similarities between himself and Sidney’, thus casting Sidney as ‘a courtier-soldier who had rejected the effeminate lures of pastoralism to embrace a stern Stoic moral and political philosophy’. 2 In doing so, Davis argues, Greville wished to represent Sidney and the Arcadia as intellectual precursors to the Tacitean political thought beginning to emerge at the same time in the circle of Robert Devereux, the earl of Essex, who had become Greville’s patron. 3 The ‘Tacitean political thought’ that became associated with the Essex

in Sidney's Arcadia and the conflicts of virtue