Both your high station in the Church, and the great admiration I bear you make this decision seem entirely proper, and a befitting tribute to a champion of conservative and Carolinian issues.
I am extremely grateful to the Trust, whose members have been most generous in supporting my research, and I hope that the finished product is what they envisaged. Nearly all of the book was written in the Department of English at the University of Sussex, a truly republican institution, where friendship is valued alongside intellectual endeavour, and relative equality is the order of the day.
The research was carried out at two rather more tyrannically inclined centres of learning, an obscure outpost near a Black Sea, the name of which escapes me for now, and one right in the heart of the new Rome, overseen by a modern Tiberius. Nevertheless, I had the benefit of some splendid republican allies, most notably my friends David Scott Kastan, Tom Paulin and Jim Shapiro, who helped shape the book through an extensive series of conversations, also reading and correcting extracts, as well as providing useful leads and references.
I will miss their company. Howard and Bruce Robbins. My students, too, were a great source of inspiration, especially those who took my Shakespeare lecture course and Spenser graduate course.
Many other friends and colleagues have helped make this book see the light of day. It has been a pleasure, as always, to work with Ray Ryan at Cambridge University Press, who has believed in the project from the start and made my life easier by allowing me to obtain an advance contract for the book.
His advice has always been valuable, as has his friendship. The four anonymous readers who commented on the proposal I submitted to the press gave extremely good advice that helped sharpen and focus my ideas at an early stage.
I should also add that this book would not have been possible without the labours of those historians, scholars and literary critics who have done so much to unearth and conceptualize the forms that early modern republicanism took.
Although they may not agree with my methods and conclusions, this study has greatly benefited from the work of David Armitage, J. Alison Hadfield provided a splendid index at short notice. I have been grateful to be able to air my views at various venues, and for the discussion and feedback I have received from critical, but invariably helpful audiences.
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My family have, as ever, made my labours all the more enjoyable and, I hope, I have been able to repay them by getting better at containing my efforts within the working week and becoming more charming and less grumpy at home. My love and thanks, as always, to Alison, Lucy, Patrick and Maud.
The book is dedicated to Lucy, even though she may be a royalist at heart. Elsewhere I have tried to use original texts where possible, but have sometimes used modern editions where it is more convenient to do so, does not affect the argument, and allows readers the chance to explore the material more easily themselves.
I have used the Arden Shakespeare as my main Shakespeare text, but referred to other editions when necessary or desirable. Was Shakespeare a republican?
Does it matter whether he was? And what do we mean by republicanism? These are the main questions that I want to answer in this book. My hope is that this book will enable readers to revisit the issues that Shakespeare raises in many of his works, even if they do not agree with my particular interpretations of the plays.
Before the central issues that this book seeks to explore can be analysed the reasons for such serious neglect need to be explained and the nature of early modern English political culture outlined.
Rather, it is one of the key problems that defined his working career. The rise of Shakespeare was only just beginning in the early seventeenth century; he would assume his unassailable position in England after the Restoration, and, in European letters, towards the end of the eighteenth century.
In fact, as David Scott Kastan points out, the closure of the theatres resulted in more plays being published, enlarging and changing the dramatic canon. The task is by no means impossible, even though it is clearly difficult and problematic.
Every effort has gone into making the Globe Theatre as accurate a reconstruction of the original as is humanly possible, with considerable success. The Globe experiment has shown that the common playgoers standing in front of the stage are more important in the dramatic process than most theatre historians had acknowledged.
Their ability to move around freely, interject and participate in the action, as well as show approval and disapproval, reveals the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre to have been a relatively democratic public space, certainly when compared to a modern theatre.
Even so, both Greene and Chettle died in poverty. One way of doing this was to be topical and to refer to recent events, whether in the main plot or more allusively and occasionally. It is hardly surprising that so much drama produced in the first age of the English commercial theatre is either political in nature, or has topical significance.
Some critics argue that the theatre was seen as a powerful social institution that members of the government feared would lead to the development of either some form of opposition to the status quo, or more random subversion and sedition:Ovid's Tristia and Plato's Republic, the beast/god of Aristotle's Politics, the seventeenth-century colonialist, the Petrarchan lover, are all examples of the archetypes against which Shakespeare's banished characters fashion themselves.
Ovid's Tristia and Plato's Republic, the beast/god of Aristotle's Politics, the seventeenth-century colonialist, the Petrarchan lover, are all examples of the archetypes against which Shakespeare's banished characters fashion themselves.
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from those governing it and did not simply think of their status in terms of the ruling dynasty To cite the doctor once more: Tell me what counsel can be perfect, what Commonweal can be well ordered or saved upright, where none of the rulers or counsellors have studied any philosophy, specially the part that teaches of manners?.
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