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Unperfect histories : The mirror for magistrates, 1559-1610 / Harriet Archer. [electronic resource]

Author/Creator:
Archer, Harriet, 1986- author.
Publication:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource.
Edition:
First edition.
Series:
Oxford English monographs.
Oxford English monographs
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Subjects:
Mirrour for magistrates.
Baldwin, William, approximately 1518-1563?.
English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Literature and history -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
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.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on August 22, 2017).
ISBN:
0-19-184404-7