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Persuasive fictions : faction, faith, and political culture in the reign of Henry VIII /
Greg Walker.
Aldershot, Hants., England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate Pub. Co., c1996.
xiv, 213 pages : illustrations
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Aldershot, Hants., England : Scolar Press ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate Pub. Co., c1996.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-11-01:
Walker (Univ. of Leicester) gathers eight of his essays on the reign of Henry VIII. Five have appeared previously; three new ones explore the interrelated issues of political factionalism and propagandistic iconography in Henry's court. The most provocative of the new essays, "Henry VIII and the Politics of the Royal Image," argues cogently that portraiture of the king was as likely to be used for the artists' own political ends as for an orchestrated propaganda effort for the "Tudor corporate image." Walker's review of the fabled "factions" in Henry's reign suggests that the identity and impact of such groups is more problematic than scholars have assumed. Sir Thomas More, John Skelton, and Sir Thomas Elyot receive close attention, as do the paintings of Hans Holbein the Younger. This clearly written, revisionist study will be appreciated by readers in art, literature, politics, and history. Includes 19 illustrations and notes. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and researchers. C. Baker Armstrong Atlantic State College
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This important new study considers the means by which crucial aspects of the political process were conducted in the reign of Henry VIII. To this end, Greg Walker adopts a variety of approaches, from the straightforward historical narrative to an analysis of courtly iconography. He considers a broad range of evidence, from the trial records of a convicted heretic to the murals on palace walls; from the despatches of ambassadors and military commanders to the fictional creations of poets and prose writers. But the study is united by a central concern and purpose, namely to get beyond the orthodoxies of historians and literary scholars to the ways in which contemporaries experienced and expressed their political and religious beliefs and ambitions, and thus to appreciate how that most enigmatic of notions political culture was constituted in the period.
Table of Contents
Conservative Factions? The Queen's Head Group and Fellow Travellers
The Person of the King and the Nature of Political Debate
Faction, Politics and Court Culture
Faction in the Privy Chamber? the Expulsion of the Minions, 1519
'And Never a Scott Slayne!' John Skelton and the Border Crisis of 1522
Henry VIII and the Politics of the Royal Image: The Court Artist
The Likeness of the King
Portraiture as Propaganda
Setting a Good Example: Art, Politics and Ideals in Early Tudor Court Culture
Architecture and Morality: The Household as Mirror for a Prince
Good Counsel and Good Lordship
The Theory of Counsel and the Practice of Kingship: The Case of Henry VIII
Faction, Faith and Literature
'Known Men', Evangelicals and Brethren: Heretical Sects in Pre-Reformation England
Saint of Schemer? The 1527 Heresy Trial of Thomas Bilney Reconsidered
The Image of Dissent: Thomas Moore, John Skelton and The 'Lost' History of the Early Reformation in England
Sir Thomas Elyot and the Politics of Accommodation: The Defence of Good Women
Queen Zenobia and Queen Katherine
Dating the Defence
The Defence and the Politics of Accommodation
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