Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Lawyers at Play
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581

Jessica Winston


Many early modern poets and playwrights were also members of the legal societies the Inns of Court, and these authors shaped the development of key genres of the English Renaissance, especially lyric poetry, dramatic tragedy, satire, and masque. But how did the Inns come to be literary centres in the first place, and why were they especially vibrant at particular times? Early modernists have long understood that urban setting and institutional environment were central to this phenomenon: in early modern London, educated men with time on their hands turned to literary pastimes for something to ... More

Keywords: Inns of Court, law and literature, early modern political culture, legal profession, early Elizabethan literature, poetry, translation, drama, early modern England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769422
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Winston, author
Professor of English, Idaho State University