Writing Under Tyranny : English Literature and the Henrician Reformation, Paperback / softback Book

Writing Under Tyranny : English Literature and the Henrician Reformation Paperback / softback


Writing Under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation spans the boundaries between literary studies and history.

It looks at the impact of tyrannical government on the work of poets, playwrights, and prose writers of the early English Renaissance.

It shows the profound effects that political oppression had on the literary production of the years from 1528 to 1547, and how English writers in turn strove to mitigate, redirect, and finallyresist that oppression.

The result was the destruction of a number of forms that had dominated the literary production of late-medieval England, but also the creation of new forms that were to dominate the writing of the following centuries.

Paradoxically, the tyranny of Henry VIII gave birth to many modes ofwriting now seen to be characteristic of the English literary Renaissance.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
  • ISBN: 9780199231973

Other Formats



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops

Also by Greg Walker   |  View all