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Author Lerer, Seth, 1955-
Title Courtly letters in the age of Henry VIII : literary culture and the arts of deceit / Seth Lerer.
Imprint New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Author Lerer, Seth, 1955-
Series Cambridge studies in Renaissance literature and culture ; 18
Cambridge studies in Renaissance literature and culture ; 18.
Subject Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400. Troilus and Criseyde.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Influence.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Civilization, Medieval, in literature.
Courts and courtiers in literature.
Deception in literature.
Renaissance -- England.
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547 -- Historiography.
Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- History -- 16th century.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 252 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 208-248) and index.
Contents 1. Pretexts: Chaucer's Pandarus and the origins of courtly discourse -- 2. The King's Pandars: performing courtiership in the 1510s -- 3. The King's hand: body politics in the letters of Henry VIII -- 4. Private quotations, public memories: Troilus and Criseyde and the politics of the manuscript anthology -- 5. Wyatt, Chaucer, Tottel: the verse epistle and the subjects of the courtly lyric.
Summary This revisionary study of the origins of courtly poetry reveals the culture of spectatorship and voyeurism that shaped early Tudor English literary life. Through research into the reception of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, it demonstrates how Pandarus became the model of the early modern courtier. His blend of counsel, secrecy and eroticism informed the behaviour of poets, lovers, diplomats and even Henry VIII himself. In close readings of the poetry of Hawes and Skelton, the drama of the court, the letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, the writings of Thomas Wyatt, and manuscript anthologies and early printed books, Seth Lerer illuminates a 'Pandaric' world of displayed bodies, surreptitious letters and transgressive performances. In the process, he redraws the boundaries between the medieval and the Renaissance and illustrates the centrality of the verse epistle to the construction of subjectivity.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585030103 (electronic bk.)
9780585030104 (electronic bk.)
9780521590013 (electronic bk.)
0521590019 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 42854421
Additional Format Print version: Lerer, Seth, 1955- Courtly letters in the age of Henry VIII. New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997 0521590019 (DLC) 96049466 (OCoLC)35919382

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