1611: Authority, Gender and the Word in Early Modern England by Helen Wilcox

By Helen Wilcox

1611: Authority, Gender, and the be aware in Early glossy England explores problems with authority, gender, and language inside and around the number of literary works produced in a single of such a lot landmark years in literary and cultural history.

  • Represents an exploration of a 12 months within the textual lifetime of early sleek England
  • Juxtaposes the range and diversity of texts that have been released, performed,   learn, or heard within the comparable yr, 1611
  • Offers an account of the textual tradition of the 12 months 1611, the surroundings of language, and the guidelines from which the accredited model of the English Bible emerged

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26; Dutton, xvi). Ironically, several works published in 1611 – seeking in the process their own immortality, of course – drew attention to the transitory nature of fame and the sheer unreliability of praise as experienced by Jonson and others; chief among these texts is William Cavendish’s Discourse against Flatterie, a rare antidote to the prevalent culture of sycophancy. The difficulty of disengag- 16 ‘The omnipotency of the word’ ing from the expectation that patrons must be flattered, however, is indicated by the fact that the work itself is dedicated to ‘The Honourable Gentleman the Lord Bruce, Baron of Kinlosse’ with an epistle in which the author claims that any favour the work may gain should be attributed ‘rather to your good nature, and opinion, then to any efficacie in it selfe’ (Cavendish, A2v).

At the same time but at the opposite end of the country, the Lancashire poet Robert Heywood was rebuilding the family seat, Heywood Hall, to house his increasing family (Guscott, 1). While some of these builders were motivated by philanthropy or necessity, others were driven onwards by a desire for ever greater grandeur. Robert Cecil, the Earl of Salisbury, who as James’s secretary of state had virtually given up the struggle to reconcile the King and Parliament by the end of 1610, oversaw in 1611 the finishing touches to his mansion, Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

The establishment – whose full name in 14 ‘The omnipotency of the word’ the beginning was The Hospital of King James – was authorised by statute in June 1611, which proved to be just in time since Sutton died before the year ended and was buried in the chapel at Charterhouse having ensured the future of the two institutions for ‘aged men’ and ‘hopeful children’ through his ‘pious magnificence’ (Burrell, A2v). In Oxford, meanwhile, the year 1611 witnessed the building of a new college, Wadham, founded by the elderly but determined widow Dorothy Wadham of Merrifield in Somerset (Davies (2003), 893–911).

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