Abstract and Keywords
Ushering of the new horizons in the early Jacobean Period is the focal point of this article. The succession of James VI of Scotland to the throne of England, Wales, and Ireland seemed to offer new hope to all those who had felt marginalized in the latter years of the previous regime, which had been coloured by the fiscal pressures created by war with Spain and rebellion in Ireland, a crackdown on Puritans and Roman Catholics alike, social unrest, more fractious relations between Crown and Parliament, and the putting down of the Essex revolt. There were new patronage opportunities, not just for Scots: Lord Buckhurst was favoured and the Howards made a major political comeback. Donne made little initial attempt to gain the favour of the new regime. He was no longer in the Lord Keeper's employ and did not attend the new court. Donne's contribution to the Jacobean period is highly acclaimed.
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