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Divinity and State

David Womersley


In 1589 the Privy Council encouraged the Archbishop of Canterbury to take steps to control the theatres, which had offended authority by putting on plays which addressed ‘certen matters of Divinytie and of State unfitt to be suffred’. How had questions of divinity and state become entangled? The Reformation had invested the English Crown with supremacy over the Church, and religious belief had thus been transformed into a political statement. In the plentiful chronicle literature of the sixteenth century, questions of monarchical legitimacy and religious orthodoxy became intertwined as a conse ... More

Keywords: reformation, religion and politics, historiography, historical drama, Shakespeare

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199255641
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255641.001.0001


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David Womersley, author
Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford
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