Henry VIII's divorce : literature and the politics of the printing press /
J. Christopher Warner.
Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 1998.
ix, 163 p.
0851156428 (alk. paper), 9780851156422
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Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 1998.
0851156428 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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During Henry VIII's divorce crisis, a political & literary rivalry developed between Thomas Berthelet, the king's printer & the Rastell family, quasi official printers. This study recounts the text-by-text progress of the feud.
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A close examination of the rivalry between two printing presses at the time of the divorce crisis shows how the new learning could be employed to influence even the king himself.
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During the period of Henry VIII's divorce crisis, a political and literary rivalry developed between Thomas Berthelet, the king's printer, and the Rastell family, kinsmen of the Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas More and quasi-official printers in their own right. This study recounts the text-by-text progress of the feud. It describes how Berthelet represented Henry as a prudent philosopher-king, taking the advice of scholars and theologians on anulling his marriage, and on limiting the Church's power (texts include A Glass of the Truth, rumoured to be by Henry himself, and the works of Sir Thomas Elyot). In response to the king's press campaign, the Rastells' dialogues and dramas staged the kind of wise counsel that Henry ostensibly welcomed (John Rastell's A New Book of Purgatory, Skelton's Magnificenceamong them), observing the rules dictated by the king's public image and urging him towards greater conformity with that image than divorce or declaration of royal supremacy would allow.J. CHRISTOPHER WARNERis Associate Professor of English at Le Moyne College.
Table of Contents
A Note on Texts
Introduction: Representing Henry VIII: The Rhetoric of "Reticent Delicacy"p. 1
"Where the word of a king is": Dialogues Printed by Thomas Berthelet, 1530-1532p. 27
Thomas More, The King's Oratorp. 47
Thomas Starkey, Thomas Elyot, and Henry VIII's Republic of Lettersp. 63
Competition Between Printers and the Business of Representing the Kingp. 83
Keeping the Faith and Keeping the Peace: Henry VIII's Divorce and his Obligations as a Christian Princep. 89
Re-Staging Henry VIII: Skelton's Magnificence and Heywood's The Play of the Weather in 1530 and 1533p. 112
Conclusion: The Rhetoric of Supremacyp. 133
Bibliographyp. 145
Indexp. 158
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