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The Adventures Passed by Master George Gascoigne: Experiments in Prose  

Gillian Austen

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This article examines George Gascoigne's prose writing. Gascoigne's modern reputation rests principally upon four works: the prose fiction A Discourse of the Adventures passed by Master ... More

All Talk and No Action? Early Modern Political Dialogue  

Cathy Shrank

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This article examines sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century dialogue. It considers why so many writers chose to convey opinions or explore ideas in works laid out as conversations. The ... More

Astrology, Magic, and Witchcraft  

P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

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The Elizabethans and Jacobeans along with all their European contemporaries lived simultaneously in the physical world and a spiritual realm inhabited by spirits, angels, demons, and the ... More

The Book of Common Prayer  

Daniel Swift

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This article discusses early modern prayer books, focusing on the Book of Common Prayer. It shows that the early modern prayer book was a work in progress — not only revised but revisable ... More

Classical Translation  

Gordon Braden

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This article provides a snapshot of the types of prose translation through a series of paradigmatic examples and judiciously selected quotations. Among these are Philemon Holland's English ... More

Commonplacing and Prose Writing: William Baldwin and Robert Burton  

Jennifer Richards

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This article focuses on commonplace books: collections of quotations ‘culled from authors held to be authoritative’, and organized under headings to facilitate their retrieval. Like ... More

Diaries  

Adam Smyth

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This article examines various texts (including chronicles, spiritual autobiographies, financial accounts and annotated almanacs), all of which can be related in some way to the category of ... More

Domestic Manuals and the Power of Prose  

Catherine Richardson

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This article explores how domestic manuals work internally — what their prose form might be able to tell us about the way they were used and their potential impact on their early modern ... More

English Scientific Prose: Bacon, Browne, Boyle  

Claire Preston

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The misunderstanding of Francis Bacon's ideas and literary practice has led to the myth of his call to dismiss rhetoric in favour of a plain or somehow de-rhetoricised language of science ... More

Englishing Eloquence: Sixteenth-Century Arts of Rhetoric and Poetics  

Catherine Nicholson

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This article analyzes the crafting of an English language that is unceasingly eloquent. The challenge is confronted most directly in the pages of vernacular treatises on rhetoric and ... More

Essays  

Paul Salzman

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This article discusses the various essay forms in the early modern period, from Francis Bacon's brief and controlled interventions to the sustained and wandering explorations of Sir ... More

Gabriel Harvey  

H.R. Woudhuysen

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This article focuses on the career of Gabriel Harvey, which simultaneously demonstrates an acute understanding of literary traditions and the desire to break free and establish new forms ... More

Immethodical, Incoherent, Unadorned: Style and the Early Modern Bible  

Kevin Killeen

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This article considers assessments of biblical prose in the early modern period. The Bible was less often assessed for its style than for its efficacy, its personal and political turning ... More

Italianate Tales: William Painter and George Pettie  

Neil Rhodes

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This article explores William Painter's The Palace of Pleasure, the first collection of prose short stories in English, and George Pettie's spin-off from Painter, The Petite Pallace of ... More

Jest Books  

Ian Munro and Anne Lake Prescott

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This article examines jestbooks as a manifestation of a broader culture of jesting, laughter, and wit — a culture that extends beyond collections of jokes, and involves complex tensions ... More

John Knox, George Buchanan, and Scots Prose  

Caroline Erskine

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This article examines the prose of John Knox and George Buchanan. Their political and controversial works, often published in the heat of national and dynastic dramas, helped shape the ... More

Lazarillo de Tormes and the Picaresque in Early Modern England  

Alexander Samson

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This article analyzes Lazarillo de Tormes, which was translated in 1576 and helped to define an English understanding of Spanish literature and culture as concerned with the struggle to ... More

Letters  

Alan Stewart

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This article discusses letter writing in the early modern period. After face-to-face conversation, the letter served as the second form of communication between people, and was the ... More

Life Writing  

Danielle Clarke

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This article discusses life writing, which did not exist in any of the forms familiar to modern readers in 1550, but manifested in multiple and plural ways by 1700. It first outlines some ... More

The Marprelate Controversy  

Joseph L. Black

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This article discusses the Marprelate controversy. The Martin Marprelate tracts are a series of six pamphlets and a broadsheet printed on a secret press between October 1588 and September ... More

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