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By Donna B. Hamilton
This Concise Companion launches scholars into the learn of English Renaissance literature throughout the significant contexts that expert it.
Chapter 1 Economics (pages 11–31): S. P. Cerasano
Chapter 2 faith (pages 32–53): Donna B. Hamilton
Chapter three Royal Marriage and the Royal Succession (pages 54–74): Paul E. J. Hammer
Chapter four Patronage, Licensing, and Censorship (pages 75–93): Richard Dutton
Chapter five Humanism, Rhetoric, schooling (pages 94–113): Peter Mack
Chapter 6 Manuscripts in Early glossy England (pages 114–135): Heather Wolfe
Chapter 7 commute, Exploration, and Empire (pages 136–159): Ralph Bauer
Chapter eight inner most existence and Domesticity (pages 160–179): Lena Cowen Orlin
Chapter nine Treason and uprising (pages 180–199): Andrew Hadfield
Chapter 10 Shakespeare and the Marginalized “Others” (pages 200–216): Carole Levin
Chapter eleven Cosmology and the physique (pages 217–237): Cynthia Marshall
Chapter 12 Life?Writing (pages 238–256): Alan Stewart
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Historians have led much of this work, but increasingly literary scholars have been working in tandem with them. While it is now apparent that omitting attention to the Catholic presence coincided implicitly with a working assumption that English Renaissance literature was by definition a Protestant literature, the historical and critical emphases that will replace that construct are not yet clear. At the very least, a revisionist account needs to take in hand the degree to which Catholics remained in dialogue with Protestants.
The Puritan movement of the 1570s and 1580s had criticized the use of the surplice associated with the pope and with bishops, and eschewed kneeling and the use of the cross in baptism. The Presbyterian movement that Charke and Field had led attacked the establishment on other grounds, because their program advocated parity among ministers and autonomy for individual congregations, views that challenged the underpinnings of both episcopacy and monarchy. In London, John Field had established such a significant network of churches devoted to the presbytery that it became possible to see the movement as a church 41 Donna B.
From the work of many playwrights and prose writers what seems clear is that by the end of the sixteenth century, society and economics had become so fused that commercial motives seem to overshadow every social interaction. Therefore for Jonson and Middleton most human relationships involved ‘‘playing with credit’’ in some way, even those that centered on artistic endeavor. As the 29 S. P. Cerasano economic history of the ‘‘Jacobethan’’ theatres remind us, fortune hunters were everywhere, even on the London stages.