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

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

by Greg Walker
     
 

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This is the first 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 new and illuminating insights into the political and… See more details below

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This is the first 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 new and 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 center of affairs, and acknowledges the effect that this egotistical, charismatic, but above all pragmatic monarch exercised on the artistic culture, as much as on the politics, of the court.

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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)

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