Machiavellian Encounters in Tudor and Stuart England: Literary and Political Influences from the Reformation to the Restoration (Anglo-Italian Renaiss

Machiavellian Encounters in Tudor and Stuart England: Literary and Political Influences from the Reformation to the Restoration (Anglo-Italian Renaiss

By: Alessandro Arienzo (author), Alessandra Petrina (editor), Professor Michele Marrapodi (writer)Hardback

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Taking into consideration the political and literary issues hanging upon the circulation of Machiavelli's works in England, this volume highlights how topics and ideas stemming from Machiavelli's books - including but not limited to the Prince - strongly influenced the contemporary political debate. The first section discusses early reactions to Machiavelli's works, focusing on authors such as Reginald Pole and William Thomas, depicting their complex interaction with Machiavelli. In section two, different features of Machiavelli's reading in Tudor literary and political culture are discussed, moving well beyond the traditional image of the tyrant or of the evil Machiavel. Machiavelli's historiography and republicanism and their influences on Tudor culture are discussed with reference to topical authors such as Walter Raleigh, Alberico Gentili, Philip Sidney; his role in contemporary dramatic writing, especially as concerns Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, is taken into consideration. The last section explores Machiavelli's influence on English political culture in the seventeenth century, focusing on reason of state and political prudence, and discussing writers such as Henry Parker, Marchamont Nedham, James Harrington, Thomas Hobbes and Anthony Ascham. Overall, contributors put Machiavelli's image in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England into perspective, analyzing his role within courtly and prudential politics, and the importance of his ideological proposal in the tradition of republicanism and parliamentarianism.

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Alessandra Petrina is associate professor of English Literature at the UniversitA degli Studi di Padova, Italy. She has written on late-medieval and Renaissance comparative literature and intellectual history. Alessandro Arienzo is senior lecturer in Political Philosophy at the University of Naples 'Federico II', Italy. He has published on early modern reason of state and on contemporary political governance.


Contents: Introduction: introducing Machiavelli in Tudor and Stuart England, Alessandra Petrina and Alessandro Arienzo; Reginald Pole and the reception of the Principe in Henrician England, Alessandra Petrina; Stolen words to train a boy king: William Thomas translates Machiavelli, Maria Grazia Dongu; Machiavelli in The Quintessence of Wit and his English military readers, Valentina Lepri; Sir Walter Raleigh's Machiavelli, Ioannis D. Evrigenis; Machiavellianism on Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, Enrico Stanic; When pretence rules over essence: Shakespeare's Bastard in King John, Conny Loder; Henry V and the just war: Shakespeare, Gentili and Machiavelli, Rosanna Camerlingo; Republicanism and religious dissent: Machiavelli and the Italian Protestant reformers, Diego Pirillo; From Machiavellian policy to Parliamentary reason of state: sketches in early Stuart political culture, Alessandro Arienzo; Order, conflict, and liberty: Machiavellianism in English political thought, 1649-1660, Marco Barducci; Machiavelli's Discorsi and Hobbes's Leviathan: religion as ideology, Fabio Raimondi; Epilogue: was England different?, Jacob Soll; Bibliography; Index.

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  • publication date: 14/01/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781409436720
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 218
  • ID: 9781409436720
  • weight: 566
  • ISBN10: 1409436721

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