A Short History of Early Modern England : British Literature in ContextMaterial type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Hoboken : Wiley, 2011Edition: 1Description: 1 online resource (406 p.)ISBN: 9781444394979Subject(s): English literature --Early modern, 1500-1700 | Great Britain --History --Stuarts, 1603-1714 | Great Britain --History --Tudors, 1485-1603Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A Short History of Early Modern England : British Literature in ContextDDC classification: 820.9003 | 942.05 LOC classification: DA315.H44 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Cover; Table of Contents; Halftitle page; Title page; Copyright; Aims and Acknowledgements; Quoting from Early Modern Texts; Illustrations; England's Rulers From Richard II to Charles II; Timeline of Key Events; Map 0.1: The Countries of England and Wales before 1972; Chapter 1: An Overview of Early Modern England; Chapter 2: The Back-Story of the Tudor Dynasty: From Richard II to Henry VII; Chapter 3: Henry VII, Henry VIII, and the Henrician Era (1509-47); Chapter 4: Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, and Mary I (1547-53); Chapter 5: The Elizabethan Era (1558-1603)
Chapter 6: The Reign of King James VI/I (1603-25)Map 7.1: Major Places and Battles of the Civil Wars.; Chapter 7: Charles I (1625-42): from Accession to the Beginning of the Civil Wars; Chapter 8: The Civil Wars, the Commonwealth, and the Early Restoration (1642-71); Index
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 issuesExplores 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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CHOICE ReviewHerman (English and comparative literature, San Diego State Univ.) is well known and respected as one who enlightens readers by brightening understanding of the background of British literature, particularly the poetry of Milton. Here he sheds light on early-modern England and the literature it produced, highlighting monarchical poetry from the late 14th through the late 17th centuries. His informative interpretive commentary, in briefly boxed inserts throughout, is very helpful once the reader adjusts to his initially annoying device: a brave and in this reviewer's opinion linguistically accurate explanation of his rejection of the term "puritan" as used inaccurately by so many contemporary critics. A memorable (and amusing) example of this is "Henry VIII's Marital Record.. Another refers to Marvell's "notoriously ambiguous poem" on Cromwell's return from Ireland, reminding this reader of Milton's sonnet on the same subject. Here is much more of both information and entertainment than one expects from a "short history". Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. J. H. Sims emeritus, University of Southern Mississippi
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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 .