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Ruin and Reformation in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Marvell

Stewart Mottram


Ruin and Reformation explores writerly responses to the religious violence of the long reformation in England and Wales, spanning over a century of literature and history, from the establishment of the national church under Henry VIII (1534), to its disestablishment under Oliver Cromwell (1653). It focuses on representations of ruined churches, monasteries, and cathedrals in the works of a range of English protestant writers, including Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, Herbert, Denham, and Marvell, reading literature alongside episodes in English reformation history: from the dissolution of the mo ... More

Keywords: long reformation, dissolution of monasteries, ruins in literature, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, George Herbert, John Denham, Andrew Marvell, English protestantism, English puritanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198836384
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198836384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stewart Mottram, author
Lecturer in English, University of Hull