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Since 1980s, there has been a steady stream of excellent work on the politics of literature and the literature of politics in seventeenth century England. Work on Andrew Marvell has seen a resurgence in the new millennium, driven by landmark scholarly editions of both his poetry and his prose. This book invites readers to entertain the prospect of placing Marvell at the centre of the literary landscape, exploring how such placement would shift people's perceptions of seventeenth-century literary culture. It presents a collection of essays that are divided into three sections. The first section asks readers to consider novel ways in which early modern and contemporary readers have conceived of texts and their position in the public world of print consumption and critical practice. It focuses on the relationship between literary texts and their historical moments, aesthetics, contextualisation of the religious, political, or social and Marvell's lasting awareness of and fascination with the public. The second section outlines seventeenth-century accounts and perceptions of child abuse, and the problems of identifying and recounting the experience of abuse and the broader significance of the appeal to Marvell of European poetry. The last section takes up issues of literary relations between prominent authors of the century. It illustrates how Marvell's depiction also stands in relation to Dutch representations of de Ruyter's victory, which emphasised the martial heroism as well as the negative consequences of the English monarchy's economic policies.

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Gervase Rosser

market and to hold a court of justice but also for the protection of trading members of the urban community when they travelled to other towns [ 51 ]. Monarchs under financial duress were the more willing to delegate powers for a financial return; but no civic corporation under the aegis of the medieval English monarchy was allowed to forget that it exercised delegated authority on suffrance, and might at any

in Towns in medieval England
Author: Andrew Rabin

Archbishop Wulfstan of York is among the most important legal and political thinkers of the early Middle Ages. A leading ecclesiastic, innovative legislator, and influential royal councilor, Wulfstan witnessed firsthand the violence and social unrest that culminated in the fall of the English monarchy before the invading armies of Cnut in 1016. This book introduces the range of Wulfstan's political writings and sheds light on the development of English law during the early eleventh century. In his homilies and legal tracts, Wulfstan offered a searing indictment of the moral failures that led to England’s collapse and formulated a vision of an ideal Christian community that would influence English political thought long after the Anglo-Saxon period had ended. More than just dry political theory, however, Wulfstan’s works are composed in the distinctive voice of someone who was both a confidante of kings and a preacher of apocalyptic fervour. No other source so vividly portrays the political life of eleventh-century England: what it was, and what one man believed it could be.

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The material and visual culture of the Stuart Courts, 1589–1619
Author: Jemma Field

This book analyses Anna of Denmark’s material and visual patronage at the Stuart courts, examining her engagement with a wide array of expressive media including architecture, garden design, painting, music, dress, and jewellery. Encompassing Anna’s time in Denmark, England, and Scotland, it establishes patterns of interest and influence in her agency, while furthering our knowledge of Baltic-British transfer in the early modern period. Substantial archival work has facilitated a formative re-conceptualisation of James and Anna’s relationship, extended our knowledge of the constituents of consortship in the period, and has uncovered evidence to challenge the view that Anna followed the cultural accomplishments of her son, Prince Henry. This book reclaims Anna of Denmark as the influential and culturally active royal woman that her contemporaries knew. Combining politics, culture, and religion across the courts of Denmark, Scotland, and England, it enriches our understanding of royal women’s roles in early modern patriarchal societies and their impact on the development of cultural modes and fashions. This book will be of interest to upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on early modern Europe in the disciplines of Art and Architectural History, English Literature, Theatre Studies, History, and Gender Studies. It will also attract a wide range of academics working on early modern material and visual culture, and female patronage, while members of the public who enjoy the history of courts and the British royals will also find it distinctively appealing.

Living spirituality

Between 1598 and 1800, an estimated 3, 271 Catholic women left England to enter convents on the Continent. This study focuses more particularly upon those who became Benedictines in the seventeenth century, choosing exile in order to pursue their vocation for an enclosed life. Through the study of a wide variety of original manuscripts, including chronicles, death notices, clerical instructions, texts of spiritual guidance, but also the nuns’ own collections of notes, this book highlights the tensions between the contemplative ideal and the nuns’ personal experiences. Its first four chapters adopt a traditional historical approach to illustrate the tensions between theory and practice in the ideal of being dead to the world. They offer a prosopographical study of Benedictine convents in exile, and show how those houses were both cut-off and enclosed yet very much in touch with the religious and political developments at home. The next fur chapters propose a different point of entry into the history of nuns, with a study of emotions and the senses in the cloister, delving into the textual analysis of the nuns’ personal and communal documents to explore aspect of a lived spirituality, when the body, which so often hindered the spirit, at times enabled spiritual experience.

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Stephen Orgel

the English monarchy imagined itself through the visual arts and through the culture of royal entries, masques and triumphal arches. It begins with a reconsideration of Elizabeth’s famous characterization of herself as her tragic ancestor, and then focuses on several striking examples of courtly display in which something went wrong – the actors subverted the text, the monarch refused to play his assigned

in Spectacular Performances
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Marco Barducci

relations between Independents and Presbyterians in Parliament between 1648 and 1649, reconstructing in detail their several attempts at political and religious reconciliation. Shortly after the trial and execution of Charles I in January 1649, which brought about the change of English monarchy into Republic, the Rump Parliament started a politics of appeasement towards moderate Presbyterian MPs, agreeing

in Order and conflict
Joanne Parker

a set of millennial anniversaries to commemorate therefore rendered him a particularly appealing figure for rewriting. The 1,000-year interval between Alfred and the nineteenth century also meant that he provided a neat starting point for cultural histories: A. McIlroy entitled his 1896 article on the English language ‘Alfred the Great and One Medievalism and Anglo-Saxonism 43 Thousand Years of English’, while George Eayrs called his 1902 study of the English monarchy Alfred to Victoria: Hands Across a Thousand Years. It equally made his reign a highly

in ‘England’s darling’
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Nationalism, racism and xenophobia
Mark Ormrod, Bart Lambert, and Jonathan Mackman

precisely (though not necessarily more accurately) than ever before. Moreover, as we discussed in chapters 6 , 7 and 8 , it was the willingness of late medieval and early Tudor governments to respond to the lobbying of interest groups within the realm that created a legislative programme that variously promoted and restricted the working lives especially of the skilled immigrant labour force. The institutionalisation of the alien also went hand in hand with a more confident expression of nationalism by the English monarchy and a growing sense

in Immigrant England, 1300–1550
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Trish Winter and Simon Keegan-Phipps

celebration of independence from the British (but fundamentally English) monarchy, allows even the most powerful of the world’s superpowers a degree of protection from this kind of cultural shame. The second aspect of the context relates to the influence of the European Parliament. Unease about the extent to which sovereignty is being slowly devolved to a federalised Europe has been a common topic within the tabloid press over the last two to three decades. During that time, the news media have devoted considerable coverage to stories where European (or European

in Performing Englishness