1st Edition

The Seventeenth Century
The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature, 1603-1700

ISBN 9780582493766
Published March 28, 1989 by Routledge
316 Pages

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Book Description

The seventeenth century was a period of immense turmoil. This book explores the methods by which a distinctive iconography was created for each Stuart king, describes the cultural life of the Civil War period and the Cromwellian Protectorate, and analyses the impact of the antiquarian movement which constructed a new sense of national identity. Through this detailed and fascinating discussion of seventeenth-century society, Graham Parry provides a clear insight into the many forces operating on the literature of the period.

Table of Contents

Part 1: the character of Jacobean kingship, 1603-25  1. The iconography of Charles I, 1625-49  2. The arts in Stuart England  3. Biography - Sir Henry Wotton, Lady Anne Clifford  4. Cultural life during the Civil Wars and the Commonwealth, 1642-5  5. The Restoration ethos, 1660-88  6. Biography - John Evelyn  Part 2: the scientific milieu  7. Biography - Sir Kenelm Digby  8. Antiquarianism - the relevance of the past  9. Varieties of religious experience  10. Biography - Sir Thomas Browne, Richard Baxter  11. Political theory  12. Postscript 

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Graham Parry is Professor of English and Related Literature at the University of York, UK.