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Terrorism Before the Letter: Mythography and Political Violence in England, Scotland, and France 1559–1642

Robert Appelbaum


Terrorism is as old as ancient history. Whenever a society has developed to the point where it is governed as a political entity, it has made itself vulnerable to that form of violence we now call terrorism—violence that sends a message with the power of changing power. This book focuses on England, Scotland, and France in the period between 1559 and 1642, when over twenty-seven major incidents of terrorist violence occurred, and literally hundreds of texts tried to come to terms with what that violence meant, even in a time before the word ‘terrorism’ had been invented. Authors discussed at l ... More

Keywords: terrorism, fiction, early modern, wars of religion, Gunpowder Plot, assassination, Shakespeare, Saint Bartholomew Massacre, Kenneth Burke

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198745761
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745761.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Appelbaum, author
Professor, Department of English, Uppsala University