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Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581

Jessica Winston

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198769422
eISBN:
9780191822421
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769422.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Many early modern poets and playwrights were also members of the legal societies the Inns of Court, and these authors shaped the development of key genres of the English Renaissance, especially lyric ... More


Hamlet’s Moment: Drama and Political Knowledge in Early Modern England

András Kiséry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198746201
eISBN:
9780191808814
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746201.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Hamlet’s Moment reveals how plays written in the first decade of the seventeenth century were shaped by forms of professional political knowledge and the social promises such knowledge held. This ... More


Introduction: Hamlet’s Moment

András Kiséry

in Hamlet’s Moment: Drama and Political Knowledge in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198746201
eISBN:
9780191808814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746201.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

A key function of political drama of the turn of the seventeenth century was in helping large audiences understand what politics was. Attention to its role in the dissemination of political knowledge ... More


Some Travellers Return: Diplomatic Writing, Political Careers, and the World of Hamlet

András Kiséry

in Hamlet’s Moment: Drama and Political Knowledge in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198746201
eISBN:
9780191808814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746201.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Diplomacy, and the ways in which foreign intelligence is gathered, transmitted, and used at home, is a major preoccupation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Using documents related to Daniel Rogers’s 1588 ... More


Introduction: Lawyers at Play

Jessica Winston

in Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198769422
eISBN:
9780191822421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769422.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Why were the early modern Inns of Court such vibrant literary centres? This introduction sets out the central argument of Lawyers at Play: the literary culture of the Inns was bound up with, ... More


‘Minerva’s Men’: The Inns of Court in the 1560s

Jessica Winston

in Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198769422
eISBN:
9780191822421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769422.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter surveys the literary culture of the Inns in the 1560s, exploring several central questions: What prompted the formation of this literary environment in the 1560s? What did it mean to the ... More


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