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The Resource Monarchy and incest in Renaissance England : literature, culture, kinship, and kingship, Bruce Thomas Boehrer

Monarchy and incest in Renaissance England : literature, culture, kinship, and kingship, Bruce Thomas Boehrer

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Monarchy and incest in Renaissance England : literature, culture, kinship, and kingship
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Monarchy and incest in Renaissance England
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literature, culture, kinship, and kingship
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Bruce Thomas Boehrer
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eng
Summary
In dissolving his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII claimed that Catherine's brief marriage to Henry's deceased brother, Arthur, had rendered the subsequent union incestuous. Henry's next marriage could be called incestuous as well, for Anne Boleyn's sister Mary had been the king's mistress before her. But early rumor hinted at an even darker incestuous connection between Henry and Anne; she was, some charged, not only the king's lover, but his illegitimate daughter. Monarchy and Incest in Renaissance England argues that a preoccupation with incest is built into the dominant social and cultural concerns of early modern England. Proceeding from a study of Henry VIII's divorce and succession legislation through the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I, this work examines the interrelation between family politics and literary expression in and around the English royal court. Boehrer contends that themes of incest appear irregularly and prominently in the imaginative literature of the period. Some fifty extant plays from 1559 to 1658 deal either explicitly or implicitly with the subject. Incest emerges as a structural motif in texts as diverse as The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost, and figures at least implicitly in nondramatic works by Jonson, Chapman, Shakespeare, and others. Monarchy and Incest in Renaissance England explores the response to, and modification of cultural anxieties regarding family structure. It is a brilliant and original work that will be of interest to scholars and students of English Renaissance literature and history, as well as of cultural studies
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Boehrer, Bruce Thomas
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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New cultural studies
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  • English literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Politics and literature
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Monarchy in literature
  • Incest in literature
  • Renaissance
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
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Monarchy and incest in Renaissance England : literature, culture, kinship, and kingship, Bruce Thomas Boehrer
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [173]-183) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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25050414
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24 cm
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vi, 189 pages
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9780812231342
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91046228
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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(WaOLN)1444435
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Monarchy and incest in Renaissance England : literature, culture, kinship, and kingship, Bruce Thomas Boehrer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [173]-183) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25050414
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 189 pages
Isbn
9780812231342
Lccn
91046228
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1444435

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