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Stuart Succession Literature: Moments and Transformations

Paulina Kewes and Andrew McRae


Moments of royal succession, which punctuated the Stuart era (1603–1714), occasioned outpourings of literature. Writers, including most of the major figures of the seventeenth century from Jonson, Daniel, and Donne to Marvell, Dryden, and Behn, seized upon these occasions to mark the transition of power; to reflect upon the political structures and values of their nation; and to present themselves as authors worthy of patronage and recognition. This volume of essays explores this important category of early modern writing. It contends that succession literature warrants attention as a distinct ... More

Keywords: succession literature, Stuart monarchy, Cromwellian Protectorate, coronations, regicide, Civil War, Revolution of 1688–9, panegyric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198778172
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198778172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paulina Kewes, editor
Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford and Fellow of Jesus College Oxford

Andrew McRae, editor
Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Exeter

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