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Steve Sohmer

to be unearthed by literary archaeology, there’s bountiful evidence that he and his contemporary dramatists (like all writers since Genesis) modelled many of their characters on lovers, friends, and enemies. Frances Trollope (1799–1863), a writer and social critic before her time who skewered Americans’ manners in 1823 and Parisians’ in 1835, said of the way she constructed

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
Narrative palimpsests and moribund epochalities
Russell West-Pavlov

codes of warrior manliness it subtends, Shakespeare contributes a further turn of the screw to a perhaps perennial sense of crisis at the heart of the chivalric ethos, a sense of crisis which may, paradoxically, be part of its temporal structure. He performs on the stage the open-ended temporality of that destructive social dynamic in order to provoke a crisis which may in some way be genuinely

in Love, history and emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare
Paul Edmondson

Shakespeare began to take legal possession of New Place, the largest house in the borough, in May 1597. It was a significant personal and professional investment in both monetary and social terms. Stratford-upon-Avon was still reeling from the effects of the two devastating fires of 1594 and 1595, and the cruel winter of 1596–97 had witnessed a high rate of deaths. The poverty

in Finding Shakespeare’s New Place
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Shakespeare’s voyage to Greece
Richard Wilson

epic scale by applying irony to Montaigne’s dream. 4 Yet as Fredric Jameson points out in Archaeologies of the Future , ‘the desire called utopia’ has always been structurally ambivalent. 5 And since the fall of Communism there has been a paradigm-shift in responses to the Orwellian scene when the cynics expose the contradiction of the old noble’s perfect state, in which some are more equal than others, with their

in Free Will
The abortive Northern Rebellion of 1663
Alan Marshall

authorities in Durham and Yorkshire.6 This particular treason raises a number of questions about the political, religious and social experience of the Restoration as well as its acceptance at the local level in the aftermath of the turbulent 1650s. It also raises questions about whether inherited notions of plotting and the character of the informer at the time may have influenced the reception of this particular plot. Understanding the nature and, indeed, the very idea of political plotting as an early modern phenomenon in the texts of the early Restoration is important

in From Republic to Restoration
Science and the Restoration
Ted McCormick

Samuel Hartlib (1600–​62) and the activities of his ‘circle’ of philosophers, inventors and projectors have grown, however (from disputes about the Royal Society’s ‘true’ origins to the recent digitisation of the Hartlib Papers), attention has increasingly focused on the era of the Civil War, Commonwealth and Protectorate as a crucial time not only in the formation of an English scientific community, but also in the application of experimental and empirical methods to social, political, economic and religious challenges.2 One way of looking at the relationship between

in From Republic to Restoration
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Of letters and the man: Sir Walter Ralegh
Christopher M. Armitage, Thomas Herron and Julian Lethbridge

archaeological excavation: one must carefully sift through layers of debris to find only traces of what once existed, while those same traces might be in danger of being deconstructed to oblivion with further analysis. Some whole gems shine through the sifting, however: anthologized lyrics like ‘Nature That Washed Her Hands in Milk’ and ‘The Nymph’s Reply,’ as well as ‘The Lie,’ called ‘perhaps the most famous poem attributed to Ralegh’ but not (ironically) without controversy in attribution.7 As the present   3 Michael Rudick, The Poems of Sir Walter Ralegh: A Historical

in Literary and visual Ralegh
Tales of origins in medieval and early modern France and England
Dominique Goy- Blanquet

, Pharamond, was elected as the Franks’ first king. 27 Claims to be descended from Priam were legion: ‘en cest isle sommes Troiien’ (on this island we are Trojans, all), Philippe Mouskes of Tournai stated in his thirteenth-century Chronique rimée , stressing the blood links that founded a national brotherhood beyond geographical and social differences. 28 Montaigne, writing in praise of Homer’s creative

in Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries
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How did laywomen become nuns in the early modern world?
Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt

stakes of Florence’s dowry market. As secular dowries rose, so, too, did convent dowries and this, in turn, led to an increasing preoccupation with demonstrating a family’s wealth and social status – whether a daughter was being wed to Christ or to an earthly husband. 16 Chronology shaped the profession ceremony in other ways. Post

in Conversions
Clio, Eurydice, Orpheus
Graham Holderness

imagination is celebrated here as a potent force, as a power that can invoke the dead, recuperate a vanished past, reconstruct a lost history. But in addition the poem also emphasises magic, playfulness and the social and political radicalism of the dramatist’s art: . . . the plebian imp from lofty throne Creates and rules a

in Shakespeare’s histories and counter-histories