Persuasive Fictions: Faith, Faction and Literature in the Reign of Henry VIII

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This important new study constitutes an attempt to understand the means by which crucial aspects of the political process were conducted in the reign of Henry VIII. To this end, Greg Walker adopts a variety of approaches, from the straightforward historical narrative to an analysis of courtly iconography. He considers a broad range of evidence, from the trial records of a convicted heretic to the murals on palace walls; from the despatches of ambassadors and military commanders to the fictional creations of poets and prose writers. But the study is united by a central concern and purpose, namely to get beyond the orthodoxies of historians and literary scholars to the ways in which contemporaries experienced and expressed their political and religious beliefs and ambitions, and thus to appreciate how that most enigmatic of notions 'political culture' was constituted in the period.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859281390
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 1.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Faction, Faith and Political Culture at the Court of Henry VIII 1
1 Faction in the Privy Chamber?: the 'Expulsion of the Minions', 1519 35
2 'And Never a Scot Slaynel': John Skelton and the Border Crisis of 1522 54
3 Henry VIII and the Politics of the Royal Image 72
4 Setting a Good Example: Art, Politics and Ideals in Early Tudor Court Culture 99
5 'Known Men', Evangelicals and Brethren: Heretical Sects in Pre-Reformation England 123
6 Saint or Schemer?: The 1527 Heresy Trial of Thomas Bilney Reconsidered 143
7 The Image of Dissent: John Skelton, Thomas More and the 'Lost' History of the Early Reformation in England 166
8 Sir Thomas Elyot and the Politics of Accommodation: The Defence of Good Women 178
Index 205
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