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A Brief History of English Literature by John Peck

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By John Peck

A short heritage of English Literature offers a full of life introductory advisor to English literature from Beowulf to the current day. The authors write of their ordinarily lucid variety which allows the reader to interact totally with the narrative and simply comprehend the texts with regards to the social, political and cultural contexts during which they have been written. A masterpiece of readability and compression, this ebook is a must-have for someone attracted to the historical past of literature from the British Isles.

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Robinson, 3rd edn. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), l. 80. Andrew Borde: Authorship and Identity 39 linguistic poverty is used by Wyatt in 1529, for example, to explain his unwillingness to translate Petrarch’s ‘remedy of yll fortune’, because ‘the labour began to seme tedious / by superfluous often rehersyng of one thyng. Which tho paruenture in the latyn shalbe la[u]dable / by plentuous diuersite of the spekyng of it [. 36 To find adequate expression, Jane turns to ‘Latyne playne and lyght’ (l.

Borde’s letter is catalogued twice in LP, appearing as VII. 730 (May 1534) and VIII. ii. 12 (Aug. 1535). Since Borde left the order in May 1534, it makes more sense to follow the earlier dating. 17 PRO State Papers, Henry, 1/96/43. ]’18 His liberation assumes a religious tenor, with Borde released from ‘the yngnorance & blyndnes that [the monks] & [he] war yn’. Even while he admits to writing supportively to ‘the prior of london when he was in the tower’ (where he had been imprisoned in May 1534 after refusing to take the oath of allegiance), Borde sloughs off responsibility for his actions, declaring that he was kept in deliberate and total ignorance by the monks he now depicts as his jailers: ‘for I could neuer know no thyng of no maner off matter butt only by them, & they wolde cause me wrett such incypyently’.

65 Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning: More to Shakespeare (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), 1. 67 As these sixteenth-century writers engage with, and promote, concepts of national identity, their works in manuscript and print are used to project an image of themselves as authors, playing—and fitted to play—their part in the public domain. The approach taken by this book—in which chapters are devoted to individual authors (Chapter 6 aside)—has been selected because it gives the space necessary to examine these writers as writers and not, as is often the case, as sources to be mined for historical colour.

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