By R. Malcolm Smuts
This e-book presents a clean synthesis of relationships among cultural historical past and politics, from the eve of the Armada to the demise of Charles II in 1685. It rejects whiggish and Marxist teleologies that experience formed past debts of this topic and emphasises as an alternative the range of cultural views to be had within the interval; the position performed by way of innovations of honour, legislations, divine windfall and humanist scholarship; the profound value of non secular tensions in shaping political mind's eye; and the starting to be cultural value of clash and partisanship in the course of and after the Civil conflict.
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L7O Castiglione and his numerous imitators promoted a synthesis of humanist learning with older courtly and gentlemanly accomplishments, such as riding, dancing and military prowess. The man who came to personify this ideal in England - though mostly after his death in 1586 - was Sir Philip Sidney. Nevertheless it is a mistake to regard anyone individual as having achieved a definitive and permanent synthesis of humanist, Protestant and chivalric ideals. What we find instead is a continuous interplay between classical forms, modern European fashions and inherited medieval values, taking place from the Tudor period onwards.
109 It was not only defenders of the subjects' rights who felt threatened. Some of James's servants believed his power was jeopardized by demagoguery dressed up in common law arguments. 'Monarchies in name do often degenerate into aristocracies or rather oligarchies,' Bacon wrote in 1607, ' ... when prerogatives are made envious or subject to the construction of the laws. d 10 Egerton made a similar complaint about Coke: 'It is to be observed throughout all his books, that he hath as it were purposely laboured to ...
The language of the English Renaissance was forged through the discipline grammar schools instilled by requiring students to translate Latin literature, with its rich vocabulary, grammatical complexities, fluid syntax and unfamiliar habits of mind. Although it is an exaggeration to say 'that the literary heritage of an Elizabethan writer was Latin rather than English',147 since Chaucer, Skelton and other medieval writers were also admired, literary culture was always at least bilingual. Access to grammar schools was confined to a minority of the population, though not entirely to the gentry, since yeomen's sons and boys from urban backgrounds frequently attended them.
Culture and Power in England, 1585–1685 by R. Malcolm Smuts