Vernacular Literature and Current Affairs in the Early Sixteenth Century: France, England and Scotland

1st Edition

Jennifer Britnell

Routledge
Published December 21, 2017
Reference - 238 Pages
ISBN 9781138719620 - CAT# Y325421
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

This title was first published in 2000:  The printed writings of the most important authors of the sixteenth century are characterised by frequent references to current affairs. This collection brings together essays by literary scholars and historians of the era to discuss various ways in which those writing in the vernacular during the early sixteenth century responded to contemporary events. The papers in this volume also demonstrate how the spread of literacy was of fundamental significance for the economics of book production, and for ways in which political power was exercised and expressed, as well as for the development of new literary forms of critical and occasional writing.

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