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Literature and Political Intellection in Early Stuart England

Todd Butler


Drawing upon myriad literary and political texts, this book charts how some of the Stuart period’s major challenges to governance—the equivocation of recusant Catholics, the parsing of one’s civil and religious obligations, the composition and distribution of subversive texts, and the increasing assertiveness of Parliament—evoked much greater disputes about the mental processes by which monarchs and subjects imagined, understood, and effected political action. Rather than emphasizing particular forms of political thought such as republicanism or absolutism, the book investigates the more found ... More

Keywords: political thought, equivocation, Francis Bacon, John Donne, John Milton, Oath of Allegiance, Sir Edward Coke, James I, Charles I, Gunpowder Plot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198844068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198844068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Butler, author
Associate Professor (English) and Associate Dean for Faculty (College of Arts and Sciences), Washington State University