Image Government: Monarchical Metamorphoses in English Literature and Art, 1649-1702

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James Clarke & Co., 2001 - 256 páginas
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'Spin' seems to be everywhere in politics nowadays, and is often spoken of as if it were entirely new. This book gives the lie to that claim, showing how the art of the spin-doctor was widely practised over three hundred years ago. The term 'art'is used here in the sense of artistic imagery as well as of the skill of the spinner in manipulating opinion. Langley discusses the work of authors such as Edmund Waller and painters like Antonio Verrio to illuminate the changing ideologies of the late Stuart era and the way in which ideas about sovereignty were expressed by artists. Image Government traces some of the cranks and windings, ebbings and flowings that lead from Charles I's downfall to Queen Anne's coronation, as they are registered in printed literature and visual art. The poetry of Marvell and Dryden, multifarious political writings by greater and lesser figures, and the works of significant divines like the Whiggish Burnet, and Hickes, doyen of the non-jurers, are all used to show how the expression of ideas changed in the second half of the seventeenth century. While his awareness of the contributions of modern scholarship is everywhere apparent, the author shows a magisterial grasp of often under-exploited primary sources. This book will be a valuable addition to the libraries of all students and scholars of later seventeenth-century literature, history and art in bringing to light aspects of sovereignty and the underlying principles of political cohesion in the period which have hitherto been little understood.
 

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Part
7
Building upon an Old Frame
13
A Deluding Streame gets Head
22
Rendering unto Caesar
28
Troubling the Waters Marvells First Anniversary
44
More directed to the Monarchy than the Person
52
Restoration
63
No Force but Love nor Bond but Bounty
69
Peace and Plenty and Julian the Apostate
125
Saturnian Times
134
More than Conqueror
144
A King Divine by Law and Sense
150
Cette folle Vanité dAlexandre
156
Funeral bakd Meats and Gendres de Mérite
164
Retouchings
173
Image Government
216

Drydens Absolom and Achitophel
88
Wonder en is gheen Wonder
97
Restoration Revolution
109
Machines and Machines
119
Plates
228
Bibliography
235
Index
244
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