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The ‘Shepheards Nation’Jacobean Spenserians and Early Stuart Political Culture 1612-25$
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Michelle O'Callaghan

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186380.001.0001

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Tyranny, Parliament, and the ‘Country’: Christopher Brooke's

Tyranny, Parliament, and the ‘Country’: Christopher Brooke's

The ghost of Richard the third (1614)

(p.63) 2 Tyranny, Parliament, and the ‘Country’: Christopher Brooke's
The ‘Shepheards Nation’

Michelle O'Callaghan

Oxford University Press

Along with The Shepheards Pipe, The ghost of Richard the third also made it into the Stationers' Register. Browne's fifth eclogue was able to coalesce these two texts through their resistance to instances of tyranny, and to see that the two writers who have made these are attempting to collaborate on a novel set of politicized ‘country’ poetic principles. Through examining the passage, this chapter observes the Spenserian praxis. This is portrayed by emphasizing how the solitary voice promotes independence through the plurality of voices. Because Brooke was perceived to be an MP during the ‘addled’ parliament in 1614, Brooke's The ghost of Richard the third also exuded relations with various London communities in the early seventeenth century.

Keywords:   The Shepheards Pipe, Browne, country poetics, solitary voice, plurality, Brooke, Spenser, tyranny, parliament

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