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'Ungainefull Arte'Poetry, Patronage, and Print in the Early Modern Era$
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Richard A. McCabe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198716525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716525.001.0001

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Print and Patronage in the Early Tudor Age

Print and Patronage in the Early Tudor Age

(p.149) 10 Print and Patronage in the Early Tudor Age
'Ungainefull Arte'

Richard A. McCabe

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the implications of print for English literary patronage by focusing on the careers of such central figures as Caxton, Skelton, Elyot, and Udall. It traces the rise of the printer/publisher as an increasingly central figure in canon formation, and in the commissioning, inspiration, and dissemination of new vernacular works. Particular attention is paid, in relation to Skelton, to the various ways in which the concept of poetic laureation was received into the new culture of print. By focusing on Henry VIII’s dedication of his Assertio Septem Sacramentorum to a Medici pope, the final section of the chapter considers the impact of the Reformation on patterns of patronage within England, and examines their eventual implications for the court of Edward VI.

Keywords:   patronage, Reformation, laureation, book-market, Caxton, Skelton, Elyot, Udall, Henry VIII, Edward VI

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