The Renaissance literature handbook by Susan Bruce, Rebecca Steinberger

By Susan Bruce, Rebecca Steinberger

Literature and tradition Handbooks are an leading edge sequence of publications to significant classes, subject matters and authors in British and American literature and tradition. Designed to supply a accomplished, one-stop source for literature scholars, every one guide offers the fundamental info and information wanted from the start of a direction via to constructing extra complex wisdom and talents. Written in transparent language through major teachers, they supply an imperative advent to key themes, together with:
- advent to authors, texts, old and cultural contexts

- publications to key critics, techniques and subject matters

- an summary of significant severe methods, adjustments within the canon and instructions of present and destiny learn

- Case reports in interpreting literary and significant texts

- Annotated bibliography (including websites), timeline, word list of severe phrases.

The Renaissance Literature Handbook is a accomplished advent to literature and tradition within the "English Renaissance" or "Early sleek" period.

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Medical historians continue to argue over the origin of syphilis. Some say that it was a mutation of an earlier, less virulent, disease, others hold that it was brought from the Americas to Europe by returning sailors and soldiers. Whatever its origin, what is certainly the case is that it spread like wildfire throughout Europe, where the population had no resistance to it, and traditional medicine offered neither answers nor a cure. By the beginning of the fifteenth century, death from the pox was seizing the imagination of the public, much as death from HIV-AIDS did in the 1980s.

The Stuarts’ inflexible defense of ‘the divine right of kings’ galvanized the opposition from the parliamentary forces which was eventually to prove their downfall, as country split into Royalists and Parliamentarians, each with their own military forces. That conflict had both religious and economic dimensions. Parliamentary leaders found allies in Puritan radicals, as Puritan insistence on individual responsibility, and its resistance to Episcopal (let alone Papal) authority, had a corollary in resistance to monarchy; nowhere is this as clear as in the writings of that politician and poet John Milton, who wrote numerous fiery tracts defending radical liberty.

That conflict among professional historians is a fitting mirror for the conflicting energies driving the authors discussed in this volume, and the extremely diverse interpretations of those authors that readers have proposed in the intervening centuries. Just as earlier writers such as Wyatt, Marlowe, Shakespeare and Jonson engaged with political theory, the seventeenth-century writers such as Katherine Philips, John Milton and Andrew Marvell continued to draw on the political debates and divisions of the country to help create 38 The Historical Context of English Renaissance Literature their literature.

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