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Author Archer, Harriet, 1986- author

Title Unperfect histories : the mirror for magistrates, 1559-1610 / Harriet Archer
Edition First edition
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource
Series Oxford English monographs
Oxford English monographs
Summary 'The Mirror for Magistrates, ' the collection of de casibus complaint poems in the voices of medieval rulers and rebels compiled by William Baldwin in the 1550s, was central to the development of imaginative literature in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Additions by John Higgins, Thomas Blenerhasset, and Richard Niccols between 1574 and 1610 extended the Mirror's scope, shifted its focus, and prolonged its popularity; in particular, the texts' later manifestations profoundly influenced the work of Spenser and Shakespeare. 'Unperfect Histories' considers the text's early modern transmission history as a whole. In chapters on Baldwin, Higgins, Blenerhasset, and Niccols's complaint collections, it demonstrates that the Mirror is an invaluable witness to how verse history was conceptualized, written, and read across the period
Notes This edition previously issued in print: 2017
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on August 22, 2017)
Subject Baldwin, William, approximately 1518-1563
Baldwin, William, approximately 1518-1563?
Mirrour for magistrates
Mirrour for magistrates.
English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism
Literature and history -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century
English poetry -- Early modern.
Literature and history.
POETRY -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0191844047
9780191844041 (ebook)