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Writing Under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation

Greg Walker


This book considers the impact of Henry VIII’s break with Rome and the Royal Supremacy of the 1530s upon the generation of poets, playwrights, and prose-writers who lived through those events. Spanning the boundaries between literature and history, it charts the profound effects that Henry’s increasingly tyrannical regime had on the literary production of the early 16th century and shows how English writers strove to mitigate, redirect, and finally resist oppressive royal demands. The book argues that the result of Henrician tyranny was both the destruction of a number of venerable literary fo ... More

Keywords: sixteenth century, Tudor history, tyranny, Henry VIII, royal supremacy, Renaissance literature, William Thynne, Chaucer, John Heywood, Thomas Elyot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283330
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283330.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Walker, author
Professor of Early-Modern Literature and Culture, University of Leicester
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