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Overview

Sir John Harington (1560-1612) has long been recognized as one of the most colorful and engaging figures at theEnglish Renaissance court. Godson of Queen Elizabeth, translator of Ariosto, and inventor of the water-closet, he was also a lively writer in a wide variety of modes, and an acute commentator on his times. Combining detailed readings and first-hand historical research, this study reconstructs the complex, often devious agenda that Harington wrote into his books as he customized them for specific individuals and occasions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199244454
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Scott-Warren is Lecturer, Dept of English and Related Literature, University of York

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Note on Texts
Introduction 1
1 Harington, Ariosto, and the Textual Economy of the Court 25
2 Privy Politics 56
3 Out of the Closet 81
4 Part of the Furniture 99
5 Forging the Future 135
6 Producing Prophecy 154
7 Elizabeth's Witty Godson under James 177
Conclusion 236
Bibliography 242
Index 266
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