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The concentration of this research is court docket literature in early sixteenth-century England and Scotland. writer Jon Robinson examines courtly poetry and drama within the context of a posh process of leisure, schooling, self-fashioning, dissimulation, propaganda and patronage. He areas chosen works less than shut severe scrutiny to discover the symbiotic dating that existed among court docket literature and significant socio-political, monetary and nationwide contexts of the interval 1500 to 1540.

The first chapters speak about the pervasive impact of patronage upon court docket literature via an research of the panegyric verse that surrounded the coronation of Henry VIII. The rhetorical concepts followed by way of courtiers inside of their literary works, notwithstanding, differed, looking on no matter if the author was once, on the time of writing the verse or drama, excluded or integrated from the environs of the court docket. the various, frequently complicated rhetorical ideas are, via shut readings of chosen verse, delineated and mentioned in bankruptcy 3 on David Lyndsay and bankruptcy 4 on Thomas Wyatt and Thomas Elyot.

Wyatt's integrity, his sincere character is, in spite of the fact that, in bankruptcy 5, proven to were a façade intentionally and adroitly crafted by way of the poet that allowed him to outlive and flourish inside of an international of political intrigue on the Henrician courtroom. Literature now and then will be appropriated via the sovereign and particularly crafted on his behalf to additional nationwide and private political pursuits. the probabilities of this appropriation are explored within the ultimate bankruptcy via a scholarly trained ingenious research of the works of Buchanan, Dunbar and Wyatt.

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P. 48. For an informative biography and study of Guicciardini’s literary and historical craft, see Philips, Mark (1977), Francesco Guicciardini: The Historian’s Craft. Patronage and Panegyric Verse 33 prince, but essential to the courtier’s physical wellbeing. 38 Carmeliano wrote a poem castigating the French Ambassador for having conducted negotiations in bad faith during 1489; a panegyric verse for the betrothal of Mary Tudor and Prince Charles; and in 1513, a poem rejoicing the English victory over James IV at Flodden.

69 Both kings at times displayed varying degrees of paranoia concerning the nobles who made up their court. 71 The two monarchs were also similarly deeply concerned with diplomatic marriages of alliance and the provision of a legal heir for their kingdoms. Moreover, in Scotland, as with its English neighbour and also much of Western Europe, the first half of the sixteenth century was a period of both intellectual and ideological innovation and conflict. 72 The contentious ideas embodied in the emergent humanist culture, Protestant doctrine, and the resultant religious schism, created an era in which men questioned not only their faith, but how they should serve their king, the role of the king and many of the basic assumptions by which they lived.

56 At the Scot’s court sycophancy and hypocrisy were the inevitable prerequisites of success and survival. This too was a court where courtiers often experienced sudden reversals of fortune, reversals that at times cost them their lives. Though James IV has often been regarded by historians through the retrospection of his disastrous defeat and death at Flodden, recent historians have shown that this picture is hardly credible. Previous criticism has too often viewed James’s reign in the light of the battle in which not only the king died but in which the Scottish nobility and clergy were decimated.

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