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Writing Under TyrannyEnglish Literature and the Henrician Reformation$
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Greg Walker

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199283330

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283330.001.0001

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Tyranny and the Conscience of Man

Tyranny and the Conscience of Man

Elyot's Dialogues of 1533–1534

(p.181) 9 Tyranny and the Conscience of Man
Writing Under Tyranny

Greg Walker (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the trio of political dialogues published by Thomas Elyot in 1533-4: Pasquil the Plain, Of the Knowledge Which Maketh a Wise Man, and The Doctrinal of Princes, each of which is a direct commentary on the political events of those years. Each examines the responsibility of counsellors to speak truth plainly to power, and they each, through analogy and example, edge closer towards a dangerous discussion of the role of counsel in the court of a tyrant.

Keywords:   Pasquil the Plain, Of the Knowledge Which Maketh a Wise Man, The Doctrinal of Princes, good counsel, flatterers, tyranny, Thomas Cramer, Henry VIII, Dionysius, Plato

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