A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature in Context / Edition 1

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Overview

A Short History of Early Modern England presents the historical and cultural information necessary for a richer understanding of English Renaissance literature.

  • Written in a clear and accessible style for an undergraduate level audience
  • Gives an overview of the period’s history as well as an understanding of the historiographic issues
  • Explores key historical and literary events, from the Wars of the Roses to the publication of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
  • Features in depth explanations of key terms and concepts, such as absolutism and the Elizabethan Settlement
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"Here is much more of both information and entertainment than one expects from a "short history"! Summing Up: Highly recommended." (Choice, 1 October 2011)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405195607
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter C. Herman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, USA. His previous books include Royal Poetrie: Monarchic Verse and the Political Imaginary of Early Modern England (2010) and Destabilizing Milton: “Paradise Lost” and the Poetics of Incertitude(2008). His essays have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, SEL, and Criticism.

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Table of Contents

Aims and Acknowledgements.

Quoting from Early Modern Texts.

Illustrations.

England’s Rulers From Richard II to Charles II.

Timeline of Key Events.

1 An Overview of Early Modern England.

2 The Back-Story of the Tudor Dynasty: From Richard II to Henry VII.

3 Henry VII, Henry VIII, and the Henrician Era (1509–47).

4 Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, and Mary I (1547–53).

5 The Elizabethan Era (1558–1603).

6 The Reign of King James VI/I (1603–25).

7 Charles I (1625–42): From Accession to the Beginning of the Civil Wars.

8 The Civil Wars, the Commonwealth, and the Early Restoration (1642–71).

Index.

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