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Author: Tom Betteridge

This book is a study of the English Reformation as a poetic and political event. It examines the political, religious and poetic writings of the period 1520-1580, in relation to the effects of confessionalization on Tudor writing. The central argument of the book is that it is a mistake to understand this literature simply on the basis of the conflict between Protestantism and Catholicism. Instead one needs to see Tudor culture as fractured between emerging confessional identities, Protestant and Catholic, and marked by a conflict between those who embraced the process of confessionalization and those who rejected it. Sir Richard Morrison's A Remedy for Sedition was part of the Henrician government's propaganda response to the Pilgrimage of Grace. Edwardian politicians and intellectuals theorized and lauded the idea of counsel in both practice and theory. The book discusses three themes reflected in Gardiner's 1554 sermon: the self, the social effects of Reformation, and the Marian approaches to the interpretation of texts. The Marian Reformation produced its own cultural poetics - which continued to have an influence on Tudor literature long after 1558. The decade following the successful suppression of the Northern Rebellion in 1570 was a difficult one for the Elizabethan regime and its supporters. An overview of Elizabethan poetics and politics explains the extent to which the culture of the period was a product of the political and poetic debates of the early years of the Queen's reign.

The Henrician Reformation
Tom Betteridge

Chapter 1 . Pilgrims, poets and politics: the Henrician Reformation Could we, if we knew what we did, go against King Henry VIII, of whom I will say nothing but this: that His Grace’s fame and praise cannot fall but when all good letters fall, which cannot be before men leave the earth and the earth men. (A Remedy for Sedition, Sir Richard Morrison, 1536)1 S ir Richard Morrison’s A Remedy for Sedition was part of the Henrician government’s propaganda response to the Pilgrimage of Grace. It is a sophisticated work with many classical and biblical references

in Literature and politics in the English Reformation
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Tom Betteridge

England. It was evident in the early Henrician attacks on Lollardy and was part of an early Tudor clericalist reform programme that can be seen in the writings of men as diverse as Bishop John Alcock and Edmund Dudley. The Henrician Reformation created a complicated situation in which the process of confessionalization was embraced, but without any proper confessions. Injunctions, examinations and statements of doctrinal orthodoxy were established parts of Henrician government, but the confession they were designed to enforce was terrifyingly vague to all but the King

in Literature and politics in the English Reformation
Imagining union in early Jacobean panegyric
Christopher Ivic

political poem’, Themis, Goddess of Justice, draws the king aside and ‘to his mind suggests/How he may triumph in his subiects brests’. 188 Remembering the monarch’s destination (Westminster Hall), Themis provides James with a brief history of English or, more accurately, Henrician government: She shewd him, who made wise, who honest Acts; Who both, who neither: all the cunning tracts, And thriuing statutes she could promptly note; The bloody, base, and barbarous she did quote; Where lawes were made to serue the Tyran’ will; Where sleeping they could

in The subject of Britain, 1603–25
The machinery of the Elizabethan war effort in the counties
Neil Younger

PhD thesis, 2000). 155 John Guy, ‘Thomas Wolsey, Thomas Cromwell and the reform of Henrician government’ in Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Reign of Henry VIII: Politics, Policy and Piety (1995), 35–58, esp. 37, 53–7. 156 Hindle, The State and Social Change, 7–10. 157 Such an approach was, of course, employed in the North, Wales and Ireland. 57

in War and politics in the Elizabethan counties