Court Politics, Culture and Literature in Scotland and by Mr Robinson Jon

By Mr Robinson Jon

The concentration of this learn is court docket literature in early sixteenth-century England and Scotland. writer Jon Robinson examines courtly poetry and drama within the context of a posh method of leisure, schooling, self-fashioning, dissimulation, propaganda and patronage. He locations chosen works less than shut severe scrutiny to discover the symbiotic dating that existed among courtroom literature and significant socio-political, fiscal and nationwide contexts of the interval 1500 to 1540.

The first chapters speak about the pervasive impression of patronage upon court docket literature via an research of the panegyric verse that surrounded the coronation of Henry VIII. The rhetorical ideas followed by way of courtiers inside their literary works, besides the fact that, differed, counting on no matter if the author was once, on the time of writing the verse or drama, excluded or incorporated from the environs of the court docket. different, usually complex rhetorical options are, via shut readings of chosen verse, delineated and mentioned in bankruptcy 3 on David Lyndsay and bankruptcy 4 on Thomas Wyatt and Thomas Elyot.

Wyatt's integrity, his sincere personality is, even though, in bankruptcy 5, proven to were a façade intentionally and adroitly crafted by way of the poet that allowed him to outlive and flourish inside of an international of political intrigue on the Henrician court docket. Literature every now and then may be appropriated by way of the sovereign and particularly crafted on his behalf to additional nationwide and private political ambitions. the probabilities of this appropriation are explored within the ultimate bankruptcy via a scholarly expert creative research of the works of Buchanan, Dunbar and Wyatt.

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18 & 19. 72 Edington, Court and Culture, p. 45. 22 Court Politics, Culture and Literature in Scotland and England, 1500–1540 that underpinned both the topic and manner of the poetic dialectical dialogue with contemporary ideas and issues, and specifically within the context of the initial performance, we obtain a clearer, more explicit understanding of the socio-political world of the court and the manner in which poetic creativity both related to, and was directly and intentionally shaped by, and for, the court.

46. 2 This milieu, in which it was apt to regard courtiers as being ‘Ech man for himself’, was one which flourished in the early sixteenth-century courts of both England and Scotland. In 1485, after a decisive victory at Bosworth Field on 22 August, God and allies having apparently simultaneously deserted Richard III as he charged to his death into the midst of the usurper’s army, Henry VII took the throne of England. 3 This was a process that was continued with even more vigour during his son’s reign by Henry VIII’s ministers Thomas Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell.

55 The Scottish court during the reign of James IV, the minority that followed his death at Flodden in 1513, and the reign of James V, was often similar to the court within which Wyatt and other English poets existed. 56 At the Scot’s court sycophancy and hypocrisy were the inevitable prerequisites of success and survival. This too was a court where courtiers often experienced sudden reversals of fortune, reversals that at times cost them their lives. Though James IV has often been regarded by historians through the retrospection of his disastrous defeat and death at Flodden, recent historians have shown that this picture is hardly credible.

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