Language and Politics in the Sixteenth-Century History Play

  • Dermot Cavanagh

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  3. Dermot Cavanagh
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 152-197

About this book


Language and Politics in the Sixteenth-Century History Play examines a key preoccupation of historical drama in the period 1538-1600: the threat presented by uncivil language. 'Unlicensed' speech informs the presentation of political debate in Tudor history plays and it is also the subject of their most daring political speculations. By analyzing plays by John Bale, Thomas Norton, Thomas Sackville, and Robert Greene, as well as Shakespeare, this study also argues for a more inclusive approach to the genre.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Dermot Cavanagh
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NorthumbriaUK

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