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Published: 26 December 2017

224 Pages

8.5 x 5.3 inches

ISBN: 9780198806172

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Unperfect Histories

The Mirror for Magistrates, 1559-1610

Harriet Archer

Oxford English Monographs

  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of the Mirror for Magistrates as a whole
  • Reads the Mirror not as a source for later work but as a major achievement of imaginative literature in its own right to provide broader perspective on Tudor writing
  • Contextualizes the Mirror's expansion within literary developments over fifty years and highlights the text's impact on literary development during a crucial period
  • Analyses the editorial revisions to the text in detail and provides a window onto early modern editorial practices, the book trade and market, and the mutation of the text's ideological stances over time
  • Contextualizes the Mirror within contemporary history and politics, without reading the text as exclusively topical