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A short history of early modern England: British literature in context

A short history of early modern England: British literature in context

Herman, Peter C., 1958-

'A Short History of Early Modern England' presents the historical and cultural information necessary for a richer understanding of English Renaissance literature

Paperback, Hardback, Book. English.
Published Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: by Peter C. Herman
ISBN: 1405195592, 1405195606, 9781405195591, 9781405195607
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 268 p.
Subject: Great Britain History Stuarts, 1603-1714 Historiography.; Great Britain History Tudors, 1485-1603 Historiography.; Literature.; 17th Century; English literature Early modern, 1500-1700 History and criticism.; Criticism; 16th Century; English literature; Great Britain History Tudors, 1485-1603.; Great Britain History Stuarts, 1603-1714.


  1. Aims and Acknowledgements vi
  2. Quoting from Early Modern Texts ix
  3. Illustrations x
  4. England’s Rulers From Richard II to Charles II xi
  5. Timeline of Key Events xii
  6. 1 An Overview of Early Modern England
  7. 2 The Back-Story of the Tudor Dynasty: From Richard II to Henry VII
  8. 3 Henry VII, Henry VIII, and the Henrician Era (1509–47)
  9. 4 Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey, and Mary I (1547–53)
  10. 5 The Elizabethan Era (1558–1603)
  11. 6 The Reign of King James VI/I (1603–25)
  12. 7 Charles I (1625–42): From Accession to the Beginning of the Civil Wars
  13. 8 The Civil Wars, the Commonwealth, and the Early
  14. Restoration (1642–71)
  15. Index

Author note

Peter C. Herman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, USA. His previous books include Royal Poetrie: Monarchic Verse and the Political Imaginary of Early Modern England (2010) and Destabilizing Milton: “Paradise Lost” and the Poetics of Incertitude(2008). His essays have appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, SEL, and Criticism.

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The English Renaissance produced some of the greatest literary works the world has ever known, from the Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost to Hamlet and Macbeth. A Short History of Early Modern England presents students with the crucial historical and cultural information necessary for a richer appreciation and deeper understanding of the literature produced in this period. Following an overview of England’s political and social structures, subsequent chapters explore key historical and literary events, from the Wars of the Roses to the publication of John Milton’s Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes, with particular attention to the major political and religious developments throughout this transformative era. Written in a clear and accessible style, this is the perfect text to help students familiarize themselves with this remarkable period in English literary history.