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English Literature in the Sixteenth Century

C. S. Lewis

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century

Excluding Drama (Oxford History of English Literature Series)

by C. S. Lewis

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Published by Oxford University Press, USA .
Written in English


The Physical Object
Number of Pages702
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7396346M
ISBN 100198122047
ISBN 109780198122043
OCLC/WorldCa233616674

From he is employed in the English government of Ireland. This is a cross-section of nearly all the people of London, and the audience is vast - with four theatres giving regular performances in a small city. From his time as a student at Cambridge Marlowe seems to have been involved in the Elizabethan secret service. A third penny gives access to the two lower galleries and a seat with a cushion. From one point of view, this sudden renaissance looks radiant, confident, heroic—and belated, but all the more dazzling for its belatedness.

Poems intended to be set to music as songs, such as those by Thomas Campion —became popular as printed literature was disseminated more widely in households. China evacuated the coastal areas, because of Japanese piracy. In previous decades there have been performances of primitive and rumbustious English plays in the courtyards of various London inns, with the audience standing in the yard itself or on the open galleries around the yard giving on to the upper rooms. Officially at least, England in the early sixteenth century had a single religion, Catholicism.

We do know that many sixteenth-century artists, such as Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare, brooded on the magical, transforming power of art. These are ramshackle settings for what are no doubt fairly ramshackle performances. In the brief, intense moment in which England assimilated the European Renaissance, the circumstances that made the assimilation possible were already disintegrating and calling into question the newly won certainties, as well as the older truths that they were dislodging. Under the influence of the new aristocracy, French became the standard language of courts, parliament, and polite society.


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English Literature in the Sixteenth Century book

In the event he completes only six, the second group of three being published in At this time, literature in England was being written in various languages, including Latin, Norman-French, and English: the multilingual nature of the audience for literature in the 14th century is illustrated by the example of John Gower c.

The assignment of Jean Lemaire de Belges to a particular country is equally difficult, for he was a Walloon who wrote in French and traveled among various courts.

Gregorio de Gregorii begins printing Kitab Salat al-Sawa'i a Christian book of hoursthe first known book printed in the Arabic alphabet using movable type. The first printing press in North America is set up in Mexico City.

See all videos for this article In a tradition of literature remarkable for its exacting and brilliant achievements, the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods have been said to represent the most brilliant century of all. Iran and Iraq were caught by major popularity of the Shiite sect of Islam under the rule of the Safavid dynasty of warrior-mystics, providing grounds for a Persia independent of the majority- Sunni Muslim world.

The classical texts of Renaissance humanism moved with equal speed, disseminating across Europe the Neoplatonism of Marsilio Ficino and the morality of Plutarch and Senecaalong with the poetic forms of Ovid and Horace. Ruthless military expeditions and English settlers including the poet Edmund Spenser struggled to subdue and colonize nearby Ireland, but with very limited success.

Calvinism deeply affects the world of the Jacobean tragedies, whose heroes are not masters of their fates but victims of divine purposes that are terrifying yet inscrutable. Marlowe's Tamburlaine is a character who revels in the power which his conquests bring him, and the verse conveys brilliantly his sense of excitement.

English Literature In the Sixteenth Century

Mystery plays were presented in the porches of cathedrals or by strolling players on feast days. Shakespeare's career continues in the Jacobean period. We do know that many sixteenth-century artists, such as Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare, brooded on the magical, transforming power of art.

Load Next Page. By the time of Marlowe's death three years later only one of Shakespeare's undeniable masterpieces, Richard III, has been produced with Burbage as the villainous hero. These are ramshackle settings for what are no doubt fairly ramshackle performances.

The official explanation is a row over the tavern bill, but it is possible that the event relates to his secret service activities.

English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, Week One

Those doctrines and structures, above all the interpretation of the central ritual of the eucharist, or Lord's Supper, were contested with murderous ferocity, as the fates of the Protestant martyr Anne Askew and the Catholic martyr Robert Aske make painfully clear. These events directly challenged the long-held notion of an immutable universe supported by Ptolemy and Aristotleand led to major revolutions in astronomy and science.

It is distributed to churches in England. Freedom of the press did not exist, and much literature, especially poetry, still circulated in manuscript. Both humanism and Puritanism set themselves against vulgar ignorance and folk tradition, but, fortunately, neither could remain aloof for long from the robustness of popular taste.

And only a few pages after he imagines the poet orbiting entirely within the constellations of his own intellect, he advances a very different vision, one in which the poet's words not only imitate reality but also actively change it.

Farther afield, merchants from cities such as London and Bristol established profitable trading links to markets in North Africa, Turkey, and Russia. When Tamburlaine defeats the emperor of Persia, and imagines his moment of triumph, even the strange names of his three colleagues are pressed into service to add to the rich brew: 'Is it not passing brave to be a king, Techelles?

Marlowe's first play, acted with great success inis an event of profound significance in the story of English theatre.

16th century

Many of the thinkers and writers of the 16th century belong to Europe as a whole as much as to a particular nation. These were folk tales re-telling old stories, and the actors travelled from town to town performing these for their audiences in return for money and hospitality.

Calvin used Latin to write the first version of his Christianae Religionis Institutio ; definitive Latin version, ; Institutes of the Christian Religion. A permanent, freestanding public theater in England dates only from They were performed in the city of Yorkfrom the middle of the 14th century until This is a work of uncertain date, celebrating the Battle of Maldon ofat which the Anglo-Saxons failed to prevent a Viking invasion.

Writing inspired by the medieval tradition continued to be produced well into the 16th century.English Literature in the Sixteenth Century: Excluding Drama. By C. S.

Lewis. Read preview. Excerpt. The rough outline of our literary history in the sixteenth century is not very difficult to grasp. At the beginning we find a literature stiff medieval in form and spirit. In Scotland it shows the highest level of technical brilliance: in.

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between the renascentia and the late sixteenth-century efflorescence of English literature, I must confess that it has escaped me. The more we look into the question, the harder we shall find it to believe that humanism had any power of encouraging, or any wish to encourage, the literature that actually arose.

And it may be as well. I love this book for the splendid enthusiasm which Lewis shows for even very minor renaissance authors whom he has obviously read and enjoyed.

Sometimes when I went on to read the authors he described, I did not find them as good as he did, but at least he inspired me to read them seriously. English literature in the sixteenth century 5/5(1). ING Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century English Literature Ders Onay Formu File.

Introduction to Sixteenth, Seventeenth and 18th Century English Literature Syllabus 16th and 17th Century English Literature by Sıla Şenlen Güven Book IX by Sıla Şenlen Güven.