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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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The ‘evill time’; Spenserian Community in the 1620s

The ‘evill time’; Spenserian Community in the 1620s

(p.188) 5 The ‘evill time’; Spenserian Community in the 1620s
The ‘Shepheards Nation’

Michelle O'Callaghan

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As certain political issues were amplified by the Bohemian crisis, English politics shifted their attention to coming up with measures that would put an end to the crisis and other various conflicts. While the Spanish occupation of the Palatinate brought about various anti-Catholic and anti-Spanish movements, the court had to be exposed to a range of criticisms. It was believed that James's effort at trying to set up Charles's marriage with a Spanish infant could have been influenced by the court which was somehow in favor of Spain. Because politics in this period is said to be polarized, this period also experienced a ‘revolution in the dissemination of news’ through the corantos or the first newspapers published in that era. The public sphere's extension was brought about by certain restrictions on political debates of the public.

Keywords:   Bohemian crisis, corantos, English politics, Spanish occupation, dissemination of news, newspapers, political debates

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