Literature, Travel, and Colonial Writing in the English by Andrew Hadfield

By Andrew Hadfield

What was once the aim of representing overseas lands for writers within the English Renaissance? This cutting edge and wide-ranging learn argues that writers usually used their works as autos to mirror at the country of latest English politics. It examines fictional and non-fictional writings, illustrating how early smooth readers made shut connections among the 2, and the issues all in favour of assuming that we will make experience of the prior with the types on hand to us.

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5 Levy, 'Hayward, Daniel, and the Beginnings of Politic History', 1-2.. Dallington also praises Sir Philip Sidney, Essex's spiritual ancestor (Levy, 'Hayward, Daniel, and the Beginnings of Politic History', p. 9), as the epitome of English nobility (S3 V ). On Holinshed's representation of the event, see Patterson, Reading Holinshed's Chronicles, 112-17. ENGLISH TRAVELLERS IN EUROPE, I 545-1620 39 history resonates with the confidence of a writer who feels able to participate in the transformation of an imperfect state with the cooperation of a wise and benevolent ruler; Dallington's is a work of sly disguise, where the allegorical message may or may not get past the censors and through to the right readers, and in which the purpose of the exercise is hard to reconstruct.

65 The View of France is not simply caught between two competing sets of authorities; rather, these are signs of a generic confusion or ambiguity which relates it back to Thomas's Historie of Italie. On the one hand, the purpose of the traveller/historian is to provide useful information for his fellow countrymen. On the other, how can this take place if to do so is either to risk treason for seditious criticism, or to transform oneself into a time-serving flatterer of tyrants? Thomas's *3 Willy Maley, A Spenser Chronology (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994), 91, passim.

Livesay, The Elizabethan Image of Italy (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1964), 13-14; Bate, 'Elizabethans in Italy', 62.. 41 Hadfield, Literature, Politics and National Identity, ch. 3, 'Literature and History: A Mirror for Magistrates'. 42 Thomas's use of his history of another country to promote a specific political programme at home resembles the use of English history throughout the sixteenth century. 43 As Annabel Patterson has persuasively argued, Holinshed's Chronicles, far from being the diverse and rambling collection of materials representing the last gasp of pre-scientific history as they have usually been characterized, were the coherent efforts of a tightly knit group of intellectuals to promote their vision of a more liberal and tolerant England where matters were weighed more carefully, tolerantly, and fairly, and where individuals were able to enjoy rights which protected them instead of simply owing duties to a sovereign.

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