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By Peter C. Herman

A brief heritage of Early smooth England offers the old and cultural details valuable for a richer figuring out of English Renaissance literature.

  • Written in a transparent and obtainable type for an undergraduate point viewers
  • Gives an summary of the period’s historical past in addition to an realizing of the historiographic issues
  • Explores key ancient and literary occasions, from the Wars of the Roses to the ebook of John Milton’s Paradise Regained
  • Features extensive motives of keywords and ideas, similar to absolutism and the Elizabethan Settlement

Content:
Chapter 1 an summary of Early glossy England (pages 1–26):
Chapter 2 The Back?Story of the Tudor Dynasty: From Richard II to Henry VII (pages 27–58):
Chapter three Henry VII, Henry VIII, and the Henrician period (1509–47) (pages 59–91):
Chapter four Edward VI, woman Jane gray, and Mary I (1547–53) (pages 92–114):
Chapter five The Elizabethan period (1558–1603) (pages 115–148):
Chapter 6 The Reign of King James VI/I (1603–25) (pages 149–178):
Chapter 7 Charles I (1625–42): From Accession to the start of the Civil Wars (pages 180–213):
Chapter eight The Civil Wars, the Commonwealth, and the Early recovery (1642–71) (pages 214–251):

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Second, domestic calm coupled with the disarray of French politics (the king, Charles VI, suffered from an incapacitating mental illness, and the country was deeply divided along factional lines) gave Henry V the opportunity to press the English claims to French territories established by the Treaty of Brétigny (1360). After capturing Harfleur, Henry and his army, now reduced by hunger and disease, finally confronted the French army at the Battle of Agincourt (October 25, 1415 – St. Crispen and St.

Several more years of diplomacy and two more military campaigns would pass before the treaty of Troyes (1420) would be signed, giving England significant lands in France, making Henry V heir to the French throne. To unite the two crowns, Henry V married Catherine of Valois, daughter of the French king, Charles VI, on June 2, 1420. Ironically, the achievement for which Henry would earn such fame – the conquest of France – would also lead directly to its undoing.

The status of women was almost exactly analogous to that of the “fourth sort”: because of Eve’s punishment after the Fall, women have no voice in Parliament; they make no laws; they consent to none; they abrogate none. All of them are understood either married or to be married, and their desires subject to their husband …. 47 At the same time, the status of women in early modern culture was both officially and unofficially more complex. Despite the injunctions mandating female subservience and fulminations about female inferiority, England was ruled by a woman for over half a century (first Mary Tudor, then Elizabeth I).

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