Plays of Persuasion: Drama and Politics at the Court of Henry VIII

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A detailed study of the interaction between drama and politics in the reign of Henry VIII. The subject is addressed both in general terms and through a series of case-studies of individual early Tudor plays. Through its innovative use of dramatic texts as historical source material, the book provides illuminating insights into the political and cultural history of the Henrician period, and into the perceived character of the King himself. It focuses on the troubled religious and political history of the reign, ...

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Overview

A detailed study of the interaction between drama and politics in the reign of Henry VIII. The subject is addressed both in general terms and through a series of case-studies of individual early Tudor plays. Through its innovative use of dramatic texts as historical source material, the book provides illuminating insights into the political and cultural history of the Henrician period, and into the perceived character of the King himself. It focuses on the troubled religious and political history of the reign, the culture of the Court, and the personality and governmental style of its head. In doing so the book argues for a reassessment of the reign, which places the King once more at the centre of affairs, and acknowledges the determining effect which this egotistical, charismatic but, above all, pragmatic monarch exercised on the artistic culture, as much as on the politics, of the Court. The book also demonstrates the close and specific links between the drama and the politics of the reign, through a detailed study of a number of key works, links which have hitherto been viewed only as general or peripheral.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521090728
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2008
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Political drama in the reign of Henry VIII: an interpretation; 2. Improving literature? The interlude of Hick Scorner; 3. A domestic drama: John Skelton's Magnyfycence and the royal household; 4. Conservative drama I: Godly Queene Hester; 5. Conservative drama II: John Heywood's Play of the Weather; 6. Radical drama? John Bale's King Johan; 7. Court drama and politics: further questions and some conclusions.

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