A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature by Peter C. Herman

By Peter C. Herman

A brief heritage of Early sleek England provides the historic and cultural info helpful for a richer knowing of English Renaissance literature.

  • Written in a transparent and obtainable type for an undergraduate point viewers
  • Gives an outline of the period’s heritage in addition to an figuring out of the historiographic issues
  • Explores key historic and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the e-book of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
  • Features extensive motives of keyword phrases and ideas, akin to absolutism and the Elizabethan Settlement

Chapter 1 an summary of Early glossy England (pages 1–26):
Chapter 2 The Back?Story of the Tudor Dynasty: From Richard II to Henry VII (pages 27–58):
Chapter three Henry VII, Henry VIII, and the Henrician period (1509–47) (pages 59–91):
Chapter four Edward VI, girl Jane gray, and Mary I (1547–53) (pages 92–114):
Chapter five The Elizabethan period (1558–1603) (pages 115–148):
Chapter 6 The Reign of King James VI/I (1603–25) (pages 149–178):
Chapter 7 Charles I (1625–42): From Accession to the start of the Civil Wars (pages 180–213):
Chapter eight The Civil Wars, the Commonwealth, and the Early recovery (1642–71) (pages 214–251):

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In heaven he hath appointed distinct orders and states of archangels and angels. On earth he hath assigned kings, princes, with other governors under them, all in good and necessary order …. Every degree of people in their vocation, calling and office, hath appointed to them their duty and order. 31 God is to creation, in other words, as monarch is to subject, male to female, aristocrat to subject, those of high degree to low, and parent to child. While the overall picture is of an organic, interdependent society (“every one have need of other”), yet it is a society based on deference: subjects defer to the monarch, children defer to parents, and women defer to men.

Indd 13 1/27/2011 4:49:06 PM An Overview of Early Modern England Nor was Phelips alone is regarding absolutism with deep suspicion. ”23 Power, Smith writes, does not inhere in the monarch; rather, “The most high and absolute power of the realm of England is in the Parliament,”24 and Smith was no wild-eyed, bearded radical: he was Queen Elizabeth I’s ambassador to France when he wrote this book. 25 At times, however, the “tugging” went considerably beyond squabbles in Parliament or litigation, which raises the question of whether rebellion was ever justified.

Indd 39 1/28/2011 12:44:58 PM From Richard II to Henry VII of Shrewsbury on July 21, 1403 (the battle that ends Shakespeare’s I Henry IV), in which Hotspur was killed. While Northumberland managed to avoid being charged for treason, he did not stop scheming against Henry IV, and in 1405, he entered into an alliance with Owen Glendower and Sir Edmund Mortimer, creating a plan to divide the kingdom among them and place Mortimer on the throne (Shakespeare alters the chronology by moving the plot to before the Battle of Shrewsbury).

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