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Published: 03 November 2016

384 Pages | 6 black-and-white halftones, 4 maps


ISBN: 9780199684304

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Thomas Churchyard

Pen, Sword, and Ego

Matthew Woodcock

  • The first ever book-length biography of Thomas Churchyard
  • The most detailed and up-to-date study of Churchyard's writings and his relationship to a host of literary and historical figures from the Henrician through to the Jacobean eras
  • Offers an extended examination of the little-discussed topic of soldier-authors and 'martial poetics
  • Proposes that the figure of the soldier-author challenges the perceived dichotomy between active and contemplative models of humanism
  • Makes a significant contribution to the history of professional authorship in sixteenth-century England