An Anatomy of the Marprelate Controversy 1588-1596: Retracing Shakespeare's Identity and That of Martin Marprelate (Renaissance Studies S. v. 5)

An Anatomy of the Marprelate Controversy 1588-1596: Retracing Shakespeare's Identity and That of Martin Marprelate (Renaissance Studies S. v. 5)

By: Elizabeth Appleton (author)Hardback

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This study provides a blueprint of the texts and intricacies of this battle of writings and of the protagonists involved. It recovers the poet and playwright Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (under pseudonyms) as the leader of the writers defending the Church and Crown and the liberty of the stage against te Puritains and Martinists. It provides overwhelming evidence given by two writers about Oxford who reveal him as an attacked poet and dramatist whose works were an "abeyance" and whose identity must not be known. The manuscript also provides evidence given by two associates of Oxford, the writers Lyly and Nashe, that the writer that attempted the overthrow of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Anglican bishops and episcopancy in England, was in fact the scholar Gabriel Harvey (as Martin Marprelate), who was the major opponnent and blackmailer of Edward de Vere throughout the battle of the writings.

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Contents

Foreword xi Abbreviations used xxv Preface xxxv Part One: The Marprelate controversy revisited 1. Retracing the course of the action and the pseudonyms used in it 1 2. Three writers and their roles in the battle 35 3. Some characteristics of the controversy 101 Part Two: Fitting the pieces of the puzzle together 4. Retracing the identity of Marforius 135 5. Retracing the identity of Martin Marprelate and Martin Junior 147 6. Retracing Edward de Vere's identities 211 7. The question of Shakespeare's identity 231 Appendices 257 Notes 413 Bibliography 447 Index 457

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/08/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780773474901
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 500
  • ID: 9780773474901
  • ISBN10: 0773474900

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