A Short History of Early Modern England: British Literature by Peter C. Herman

By Peter C. Herman

A brief historical past of Early smooth England provides the historic and cultural info worthy for a richer realizing of English Renaissance literature.

  • Written in a transparent and available kind for an undergraduate point audience
  • Gives an outline of the period’s historical past in addition to an figuring out of the historiographic issues
  • Explores key old and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the ebook of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
  • Features intensive motives of keyword phrases and ideas, reminiscent of absolutism and the Elizabethan Settlement

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Richard responded to what he considered an affront to his royal prerogative with a two-pronged strategy. 5 Second, he went on a progress whose real purpose was to gather a force loyal only to him. When Parliament met in 1388 (the “Merciless Parliament”), a group of lords, known as the Lords Appellant, presented an indictment of treason against the king’s favorites, and this group comprised of Thomas of Woodstock, Richard Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel, Thomas Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, Henry Bolingbroke, Earl of Derby and son of John of Gaunt, and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Nottingham.

Yet it would be a mistake to assume that this vision of a stable, hierarchical society in which everyone accepts the place God gave them enjoyed universal and unquestioned acceptance. Despite the assertion in the Homily on Obedience that each “have need of other,” the massive inequality between the “fourth sort” and those with land and power did not go unnoticed or unchallenged, and periodically, fury against the “haves” would explode. ”38 The Homily’s vision of everyone marching in mutual, well-beseeming ranks seems more wishful thinking than accurate reportage.

The course of Richard II’s life was determined by the early death of his father and the subsequent demise of his grandfather. The death of Edward III’s heir, Edward, the Black Prince, in 1376, made the young Richard next in line for the throne, and when his grandfather, Edward III, succumbed the following year, 1377, Richard became king of England at age ten. indd 31 1/28/2011 12:44:58 PM From Richard II to Henry VII The most important event of Richard’s early reign was the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 (Richard was 14 at the time).

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