Publication Date: 28/01/2000 ISBN: 9780521785693 Category:

Writing the English Republic

David Norbrook

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 28/01/2000 ISBN: 9780521785693 Category:
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‘[Norbrook’s] marvellously original, densely researched study of the English republican imagination is an attempt to retrieve forgotten figures like the regicide Henry Marten, as well as to extend our understanding of the works of Milton and Marvell.’ Tom Paulin, The Independent ‘[A] fine and important book … I suspect that Writing the English Republic will have as large and lasting an impact as any previous or readily foreseeable study of the relationship between literature and politics in seventeenth-century England. [Norbrook] writes in an attractively exploratory spirit which resists dogmatism and the sealing of argument.’ Blair Worden,Times Literary Supplement ‘The case for the republican conscience resounds most eloquently in the impressive coda to this book … but the pay-off for historians stems above all from Norbrook’s decision to produce a theme-driven argument instead of a general survey. This has led him to dig deep into the textual remains of the Revolution, rather than content himself with the familiar surface structures.’ London Review of Books

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‘[A] fine and important book … I suspect that Writing the English Republic will have as large and lasting an impact as any previous or readily foreseeable study of the relationship between literature and politics in seventeenth-century England. [Norbrook] writes in an attractively exploratory spirit which resists dogmatism and the sealing of argument.’ Blair Worden The Times Literary Supplement ‘This is a profoundly important book and a really remarkable achievement. The historical scholarship is masterly, the intelligence and perceptiveness of the literary analysis is outstanding, and the book itself is beautifully and powerfully written. It is as important a book about seventeenth-century English republicanism as it is about seventeenth-century English poetry.’ Jonathan Scott ‘The case for the republican conscience resounds most eloquently in the impressive coda to this book … By paying proper attention to poets and historians, Norbrook is able to show that republicanism’s roots went deep into the political culture of the 1640s, and even earlier … But the pay-off for historians stems above all from Norbrook’s decision to produce a theme-driven argument instead of a general survey. This has led him to dig deep into the textual remains of the Revolution, rather than content himself with the familiar surface structures.’ London Review of Books “[A] fine and important book…I suspect that Writing the English Republic will have as large and lasting an impact as any previous or readily forseeable study of the relationship between literature and politics in seventeenth-century England….[Norbrook] writes in an attractively exploratory spirit which resists dogmatism and the sealing of argument….The richness of insight and of fresh information supplied by Writing the English Republic is indebted to old fashioned virtues of archival industry and linguistic competence.” Blair Worden, Times Literary Supplement “[Norbrook’s] marvellously original, densely researched study of the English republican imagination (and intellect, one should stress) is an attempt to retrieve forgotten figures like the regicide Henry Marten, as well as to extend our understanding of the works of Milton and Marvell. As Britain moves towards either a republic or a reduced monarchy, Writing the English Republic should help us to understand this partly-buried period of English literary history.” Tom Paulin, Independent “…highly recommended for graduate students and faculty.” Choice “In this timely and far-reaching study, David Norbrook contributes to the present British anti-monarch project by demonstrating the many ways in which its cultural roots in the seventeenth century have fallen victim to an Act of Oblivion like that designed to efface remnants of the Interregnum in 1660. Norbrook succeeds admirably in `restoring’ to our conciousness as scholars and political animals an important tradition of literary republicanism that the `Restoration’ of 1660 and its Act of Oblivion willed us to forget.” Leah S. Marcus, Vanderbilt University “…this book is exemplary…” Alan Rudrum, Seventeenth-Century News “Writing the English Republic should convince any remaining skeptics that republicanism indeed has an early and important presence in seventeenth-century England. Magisterial, wide-ranging, and often brilliant, Writing the English Republic boldly rewrites the history of seventeenth-century English culture. The book should be of considerable interest and value to all scholars of the early modern period.” Renaissance Quarterly

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