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Published: 26 April 2018

368 Pages


ISBN: 9780198704102

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Common: The Development of Literary Culture in Sixteenth-Century England

Neil Rhodes

  • The first volume for decades to see the literature of the sixteenth century, which gave us both the English Bible and Shakespeare, as a whole
  • Explains the relationship between the English Reformation in the first half of the sixteenth century and the Elizabethan literary renaissance in the second half
  • Explores the question: Why was the Renaissance in England so late?
  • Spans Erasmus's first visit to England in 1499 to the moment of Hamlet a century later
  • A central theme is the 'common' in its double sense of something shared and something base
  • Scholarly and comprehensive, but accessibly written