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Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance$
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Russ Leo, Katrin Röder, and Freya Sierhuis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198823445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198823445.001.0001

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Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke as Interregnum and Restoration Author

Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke as Interregnum and Restoration Author

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(p.294) 17 Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke as Interregnum and Restoration Author
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Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance
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Nigel Smith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823445.003.0017

This chapter explores the significance of the appearance of Greville’s Life of Sidney in 1651 and his Remains, the poetic treatises on monarchy and religion in 1670. The Life of Sidney appeared as in favour of mixed monarchy held up by a virtuous aristocracy against the tyranny of the interregnum government, while the Remains offers virtuous, consultative monarchy, fully invested in ‘popularity’, against tyranny and in full favour of toleration. This complex picture stands against the dark machinations of the Cabal government in 1670, in which Charles II played off his Privy Council advisers one against another. Greville’s poems are a very Protestant poetic attack upon various kinds of idolatry, so that they line up well with the iconoclasm of Milton’s Paradise Lost, which had recently appeared, and not at all well with the indubitably royalist, conformist identity of their publisher.

Keywords:   monarchy, republicanism, idolatry, aristocracy, tyranny, toleration, favourites, conscience, poetic style

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