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Reading Literature HistoricallyDrama and Poetry from Chaucer to the Reformation$
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Greg Walker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748681013

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681013.001.0001

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‘To Speak before the King, it is no Child’s Play’: Godly Queen Hester in 1529

‘To Speak before the King, it is no Child’s Play’: Godly Queen Hester in 1529

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(p.36) Chapter 2 ‘To Speak before the King, it is no Child’s Play’: Godly Queen Hester in 1529
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Reading Literature Historically
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Greg Walker

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681013.003.0003

Offers a detailed example of the model of political theatre described in chapter one in action, suggesting how the anonymous Interlude of Godly Queen Hester deployed biblical example and contemporary satire to engage with the fraught religious and economic debates generated during the first months of the Reformation Parliament. What emerges is both a new understanding of the subtlety and audacity of this neglected interlude, and a sense of the varied strategies deployed by both supporters and opponents of the established church in the wake of the fall of Thomas Wolsey and the summoning of the Reformation Parliament in the anxious autumn of 1529.

Keywords:   Godly Queen Hester, Tudor Interludes, Reformation Parliament, Cardinal Wolsey

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