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Renaissance and Reform in Tudor EnglandThe Careers of Sir Richard Morison$
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Tracey Sowerby

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584635.001.0001

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The Propagandist: Part 2

The Propagandist: Part 2

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(p.78) 3 The Propagandist: Part 2
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Renaissance and Reform in Tudor England
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Tracey A. Sowerby (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584635.003.0004

This chapter discusses three major polemical works by Morison. It provides the first sustained discussion of the Comfortable Consolation, which was written to celebrate the birth of Prince Edward, and sheds new light on the Invective against treason (1539) and Exhortation (1539). All three tracts were suffused with evangelical sentiments and providentialist rhetoric that had important implications for contemporary views of Henry's kingship. Morison consistently advocated evangelical initiatives ahead of official policy, offering hope to other evangelicals. 1538–9 was a time of crisis for Henry VIII; this chapter situates the Invective and Exhortation against the internal and external threats to Henry's rule and examines the evidentiary basis of the Invective. Also discussed is the place of Morison's 1539 translation of Frontinus' Stratagems in the polemical campaign.

Keywords:   propaganda, Prince Edward, Exeter conspiracy, evangelicals, comfortable consolation, invective against treason, Exhortation

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