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Kings, Lords and Men in Scotland and Britain, 1300–1625Essays in Honour of Jenny Wormald$
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Steve Boardman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748691500

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691500.001.0001

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King, Lords and Men in Renaissance England: The Poetry of John Skelton

King, Lords and Men in Renaissance England: The Poetry of John Skelton

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(p.121) Chapter 5 King, Lords and Men in Renaissance England: The Poetry of John Skelton
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Kings, Lords and Men in Scotland and Britain, 1300–1625
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John Watts

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691500.003.0006

Picking up Jenny Wormald’s interest in the relationship between literature and politics in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, this chapter looks at one particular theme in the writing of the English poet John Skelton (c.1460-1529), with a view to commenting on ‘Renaissance’ political culture and on the position of the English nobility in a time of political change. The chapter argues that Skelton’s writing – often regarded as ‘maverick’ – accurately reflects, in an unusually self-conscious manner, the discursive cross-currents of his times, and that these cross-currents, in turn, form an important part of the context in which noble power was restricted, ministerial power advanced and the mechanisms of public representation and debate re-engineered.

Keywords:   nobility, poetry, Renaissance, politics

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