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A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature by Peter C. Herman

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By Peter C. Herman

A brief heritage of Early smooth England provides the ancient and cultural details valuable for a richer realizing of English Renaissance literature.

  • Written in a transparent and obtainable sort for an undergraduate point viewers
  • Gives an summary of the period’s background in addition to an knowing of the historiographic issues
  • Explores key historic and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the ebook of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
  • Features intensive motives of key words and ideas, similar to absolutism and the Elizabethan Settlement

Chapter 1 an summary of Early smooth England (pages 1–26):
Chapter 2 The Back?Story of the Tudor Dynasty: From Richard II to Henry VII (pages 27–58):
Chapter three Henry VII, Henry VIII, and the Henrician period (1509–47) (pages 59–91):
Chapter four Edward VI, girl Jane gray, and Mary I (1547–53) (pages 92–114):
Chapter five The Elizabethan period (1558–1603) (pages 115–148):
Chapter 6 The Reign of King James VI/I (1603–25) (pages 149–178):
Chapter 7 Charles I (1625–42): From Accession to the start of the Civil Wars (pages 180–213):
Chapter eight The Civil Wars, the Commonwealth, and the Early recovery (1642–71) (pages 214–251):

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The “Wars of the Roses” is a conflict between his descendants (the house of York) and his brother’s, John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster (the house of Lancaster). Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester (1355–97). The course of Richard II’s life was determined by the early death of his father and the subsequent demise of his grandfather. The death of Edward III’s heir, Edward, the Black Prince, in 1376, made the young Richard next in line for the throne, and when his grandfather, Edward III, succumbed the following year, 1377, Richard became king of England at age ten.

Edmund Lodge (London: John Chidley, 1838), vol. 2, 52–3. indd 23 1/27/2011 4:49:07 PM An Overview of Early Modern England 3 D. M. Palliser, The Age of Elizabeth: England under the later Tudors 1547– 1603 (London: Longman, 1983), 40–1. 4 All references to Shakespeare’s plays will be to the Riverside edition. 5 The information from this paragraph is taken from Louis Schwartz, Milton and Maternal Mortality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 37–40. 6 Quoted in Sara Mendelson and Patricia Crawford, Women in Early Modern England: 1550–1720 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 152.

Smith, De Republica Anglorum, ed. Mary Dewar (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982), 54. Smith, De Republica Anglorum, 78. The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth, in The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, ed. William Kerrigan, John Rumrich, and Stephen M. Fallon (New York: Modern Library, 2007), 1128. Unless otherwise noted, all further references to Milton’s poetry and prose will be to this edition. John Ponet, A Short Treatise of Politic Power (Strasbourg, 1556), sig.

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