Henry VIII's Divorce: Literature and the Politics of the Printing Press

Overview

During the period of Henry VIII's divorce crisis, a political and literary rivalry developed between Thomas Berthelet, the king's printer, and the Rastell family, kinsmen of the Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More and quasi-official printers in their own right. This study recounts the text-by-text progress of the feud. It describes how Berthelet represented Henry as a prudent philosopher-king, taking the advice of scholars and theologians on anulling his marriage, and on limiting the Church's power (texts include A ...

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Overview

During the period of Henry VIII's divorce crisis, a political and literary rivalry developed between Thomas Berthelet, the king's printer, and the Rastell family, kinsmen of the Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More and quasi-official printers in their own right. This study recounts the text-by-text progress of the feud. It describes how Berthelet represented Henry as a prudent philosopher-king, taking the advice of scholars and theologians on anulling his marriage, and on limiting the Church's power (texts include A Glass of the Truth, rumoured to be by Henry himself, and the works of Sir Thomas Elyot). In response to the king's press campaign, the Rastells' dialogues and dramas staged the kind of wise counsel that Henry ostensibly welcomed (John Rastell's A New Book of Purgatory, Skelton's Magnificenceamong them), observing the rules dictated by the king's public image and urging him towards greater conformity with that image than divorce or declaration of royal supremacy would allow. J. CHRISTOPHER WARNER is Associate Professor of English at Le Moyne College.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851156422
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/17/1998
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
A Note on Texts
Introduction: Representing Henry VIII: The Rhetoric of "Reticent Delicacy" 1
1 "Where the word of a king is": Dialogues Printed by Thomas Berthelet, 1530-1532 27
2 Thomas More, The King's Orator 47
3 Thomas Starkey, Thomas Elyot, and Henry VIII's Republic of Letters 63
4 Competition Between Printers and the Business of Representing the King 83
5 Keeping the Faith and Keeping the Peace: Henry VIII's Divorce and his Obligations as a Christian Prince 89
6 Re-Staging Henry VIII: Skelton's Magnificence and Heywood's The Play of the Weather in 1530 and 1533 112
Conclusion: The Rhetoric of Supremacy 133
Bibliography 145
Index 158
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