Royalists and Royalism in 17th-Century Literature: Exploring Abraham Cowley

1st Edition

Philip Major

Published September 25, 2019
Reference - 280 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367406349 - CAT# K448218
Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture


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Author of plays, love-lyrics, essays and, among other works, The Civil War, the Davideis and the Pindarique Odes, Abraham Cowley made a deep impression on seventeenth-century letters, attested by his extravagant funeral and his burial next to Chaucer and Spenser in Westminster Abbey. Ejected from Cambridge for his politics, he found refuge in royalist Oxford before seeing long service as secretary to Queen Henrietta Maria, and as a Crown agent, on the continent. In the mid-1650s he returned to England, was imprisoned and made an accommodation with the Cromwellian regime. This volume of essays provides the modern critical attention Cowley’s life and writings merit.

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