The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen


Author : Jane Stevenson
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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ISBN : 9780618382675
Pages : 340 pages
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Seventeenth-century royal-in-exile Elizabeth of Bohemia pursues a clandestine relationship with Pelagius, an African prince and former slave, against the politically unstable and war-threatened climate of the period. Reprint.


Alchemy, Paracelsianism, and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

Alchemy, Paracelsianism, and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale


Author : Martina Zamparo
Publisher : Springer Nature
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ISBN : 303105167X
Pages : 388 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (31 users)

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This book explores the role of alchemy, Paracelsianism, and Hermetic philosophy in one of Shakespeare’s last plays, The Winter’s Tale. A perusal of the vast literary and iconographic repertory of Renaissance alchemy reveals that this late play is imbued with several topoi, myths, and emblematic symbols coming from coeval alchemical, Paracelsian, and Hermetic sources. It also discusses the alchemical significance of water and time in the play’s circular and regenerative pattern and the healing role of women. All the major symbols of alchemy are present in Shakespeare’s play: the intertwined serpents of the caduceus, the chemical wedding, the filius philosophorum, and the so-called rex chymicus. This book also provides an in-depth survey of late Renaissance alchemy, Paracelsian medicine, and Hermetic culture in the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages. Importantly, it contends that The Winter’s Tale, in symbolically retracing the healing pattern of the rota alchemica and in emphasising the Hermetic principles of unity and concord, glorifies King James’s conciliatory attitude.


The Poems of John Dryden: 1697-1700

The Poems of John Dryden: 1697-1700


Author : John Dryden
Publisher : Pearson Education
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ISBN : 9780582492141
Pages : 758 pages
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First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Astraea

Astraea


Author : Frances Amelia Yates
Publisher : Taylor & Francis
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ISBN : 9780415220484
Pages : 302 pages
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Available as a single volume or part of the 10 volume set "Frances Yeats: Selected Works"


G.K. Hall Interdisciplinary Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies

G.K. Hall Interdisciplinary Bibliographic Guide to Black Studies


Author : Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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Pages : 728 pages
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The Poems of John Dryden: Volume Five

The Poems of John Dryden: Volume Five


Author : Paul Hammond
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317871766
Pages : 744 pages
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This volume completes the five-volume Longman Annotated Poets Edition of the poems of John Dryden, the major poet of Restoration England. It provides a modernized text along with full explanatory annotation. The poems include Dryden's spirited translation from Ovid, Homer, Chaucer, and Boccaccio. This volume presents, in newly-edited texts and with a substantial editorial commentary, the complete non-dramatic poetry of John Dryden’s later years. It contains the full text of Dryden’s final collection, Fables Ancient and Modern, including its prose Dedication and Preface, together with a number of other poems of the late 1690s, and some posthumously published items.


Resurrecting Elizabeth I in Seventeenth-century England

Resurrecting Elizabeth I in Seventeenth-century England


Author : Elizabeth Hageman
Publisher : Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
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ISBN : 9780838641156
Pages : 292 pages
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Introduced by a brief examination of the anonymous seventeenth-century miniature painting used on the book's jacket and frontispiece, essays in Resurrecting Elizabeth I in Seventeenth-Century England combine literary and cultural analysis to show how and why images of Elizabeth Tudor appeared so widely in the century after her death and how those images were modified as the century progressed. The volume includes work by Steven W. May (on quotations and misquotations of Elizabeth's own words), Alan R. Young (on the Phoenix Queen and her successor, James I), Georgianna Ziegler (on Elizabeth's goddaughter, Elizabeth of Bohemia), Jonathan Baldo (on forgetting Elizabeth in Henry VIII), Lisa Gim (on Anna Maria van Schurman and Anne Bradstreet's visions of Elizabeth as an exemplary woman), and Kim H. Noling (on John Banks' creation of a maternal genealogy for English Protestantism).


The Mutabilitie Cantos

The Mutabilitie Cantos


Author : Edmund Spenser
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Pages : 176 pages
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These cantos, published posthumously, are general agreed to contain some of the finest poetry in "The Faerie Queene", and are of central importance in the study of philosophic and religious beliefs in the late sixteenth century.


The Works of John Dryden, Volume VII

The Works of John Dryden, Volume VII


Author : John Dryden
Publisher : Univ of California Press
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ISBN : 0520021231
Pages : 1008 pages
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This is the final volume in The Works of John Dryden and the last volume of poetry written by Dryden before he died in 1700.


Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood

Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood


Author : D. Williams
Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 1137024763
Pages : 277 pages
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This is the first scholarly study devoted to Shakespeare's girl characters and conceptions of girlhood. It charts the development of Shakespeare's treatment of the girl as a dramatic and literary figure, and explores the impact of Shakespeare's girl characters on the history of early modern girls as performers, patrons, and authors.


Joan of Arc in the English Imagination, 1429–1829

Joan of Arc in the English Imagination, 1429–1829


Author : Gail Orgelfinger
Publisher : Penn State Press
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ISBN : 0271084251
Pages : 239 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (271 users)

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In this book, Gail Orgelfinger examines the ways in which English historians and illustrators depicted Joan of Arc over a period of four hundred years, from her capture in 1429 to the early nineteenth century. The variety of epithets attached to Joan of Arc—from “witch” and “Medean virago” to “missioned Maid” and “shepherd’s child”—attests to England’s complicated relationship with the saint. While portrayals of Joan in English popular culture evolved over the centuries, they do not follow a straightforward trajectory from vituperation to adulation. Focusing primarily on descriptions of Joan’s captivity, trial, and execution, this study shows how the exigencies of politics and the demands of genre shaped English retellings of her military successes, gender transgressions, and execution at the hands of her English enemies. Orgelfinger’s research illuminates how and why English writers and artists used the memory of Joan of Arc to grapple with issues such as England’s relationship with France, emerging protofeminism in the early modern era, and the sense of national guilt over her execution. A systematic analysis of Joan’s English historiography in its political and social contexts, this volume sheds light on four centuries of English thought on Joan of Arc. It will be welcomed by specialist and general readers alike, especially those interested in women’s studies.


The French Revolution

The French Revolution


Author : Thomas Carlyle
Publisher :
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Pages : 452 pages
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Pseudonyms and Nicknames Dictionary

Pseudonyms and Nicknames Dictionary


Author : Jennifer Mossman
Publisher : Gale / Cengage Learning
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Pages : 2207 pages
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Plays and Poems

Plays and Poems


Author : William Shakespeare
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Pages : 1132 pages
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A Gambling Man

A Gambling Man


Author : Jenny Uglow
Publisher : Faber & Faber
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ISBN : 0571255531
Pages : 592 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (571 users)

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Charles II was thirty when he crossed the Channel in fine May weather in 1660. His Restoration was greeted with maypoles and bonfires, like spring after long years of Cromwell's rule. But there was no going back, no way he could 'restore' the old. Certainty had vanished. The divinity of kingship fled with his father's beheading. 'Honour' was now a word tossed around in duels. 'Providence' could no longer be trusted. As the country was rocked by plague, fire and war, people searched for new ideas by which to live. Exactly ten years later Charles II would stand again on the shore at Dover, laying the greatest bet of his life in a secret deal with his cousin, Louis XIV. The Restoration decade was one of experiment: from the science of the Royal Society to the startling role of credit and risk, from the shocking licence of the court to the failed attempts at toleration of different beliefs. Negotiating all these, Charles II, the 'slippery sovereign', played odds and took chances, dissembling and manipulating his followers. The theatres were restored, but the king was the supreme actor. Yet while his grandeur, his court and his colourful sex life were on display, his true intentions lay hidden. A Gambling Man is a portrait of Charles II, exploring his elusive nature through the lens of these ten vital years - and a portrait of a vibrant, violent, pulsing world, racked with plague, fire and war, in which the risks the king took forged the fate of the nation, on the brink of the modern world.


Beyond a Common Joy

Beyond a Common Joy


Author : Paul A. Olson
Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
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ISBN : 9780803215740
Pages : 376 pages
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?Soul of the age!? Ben Jonson eulogized Shakespeare, and in the next breath, ?He was not of an age but for all time.? That he was both ?of the age? and ?for all time? is, this book suggests, the key to Shakespeare?s comic genius. In this engaging introduction to the First Folio comedies, Paul A. Olson gives a persuasive and thoroughly engrossing account of the playwright?s comic transcendence, showing how Shakespeare, by taking on the great themes of his time, elevated comedy from a mere mid-level literary form to its own form of greatness?on par with epic and tragedy. Like the best tragic or epic writers, Shakespeare in his comedies goes beyond private and domestic matters in order to draw on the whole of the commonwealth. He examines how a ruler?s or a court?s community at the household and local levels shapes the politics of empire?existing or nascent empires such as England, the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, Venice, and the Ottoman Empire or part empires such as Rome and Athens?where all their suffering and silliness play into how they govern. In Olson?s work we also see how Shakespeare?s appropriation of his age?s ideas about classical myth and biblical scriptures bring to his comic action a sort of sacral profundity in keeping with notions of poetry as ?inspired? and comic endings as more than merely happy but as, in fact, uncommonly joyful.


Legal Reform in English Renaissance Literature

Legal Reform in English Renaissance Literature


Author : Virginia Lee Strain
Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
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ISBN : 1474416306
Pages : 229 pages
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This book investigates rhetorical and representational practices that were used to monitor English law at the turn of the seventeenth century. The late-Elizabethan and early-Jacobean surge in the policies and enforcement of the reformation of manners has been well-documented. What has gone unnoticed, however, is the degree to which the law itself was the focus of reform for legislators, the judiciary, preachers, and writers alike. While the majority of law and literature studies characterize the law as a force of coercion and subjugation, this book instead treats in greater depth the law's own vulnerability, both to corruption and to correction. In readings of Spenser's 'Faerie Queene', the 'Gesta Grayorum', Donne's 'Satyre V', and Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure' and 'The Winter's Tale', Strain argues that the terms and techniques of legal reform provided modes of analysis through which legal authorities and literary writers alike imagined and evaluated form and character. Reevaluates canonical writers in light of developments in legal historical research, bringing an interdisciplinary perspective to works. Collects an extensive variety of legal, political, and literary sources to reconstruct the discourse on early modern legal reform, providing an introduction to a topic that is currently underrepresented in early modern legal cultural studiesAnalyses the laws own vulnerability to individual agency.