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An Anatomy of the Marprelate Controversy 1588-1596

Retracing Shakespeare's Identity and That of Martin Marprelate. Renaissance Studies S. v. 5

By (author) Elizabeth Appleton
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Aug 2001
Dimensions: w 159mm h 235mm d 38mm
Weight: 930g
ISBN-10: 0773474900
ISBN-13: 9780773474901
Barcode No: 9780773474901
Synopsis
This study provides a blueprint of the texts and intricacies of this battle of writings and of the protagonists involved. It recovers the poet and playwright Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (under pseudonyms) as the leader of the writers defending the Church and Crown and the liberty of the stage against te Puritains and Martinists. It provides overwhelming evidence given by two writers about Oxford who reveal him as an attacked poet and dramatist whose works were an "abeyance" and whose identity must not be known. The manuscript also provides evidence given by two associates of Oxford, the writers Lyly and Nashe, that the writer that attempted the overthrow of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Anglican bishops and episcopancy in England, was in fact the scholar Gabriel Harvey (as Martin Marprelate), who was the major opponnent and blackmailer of Edward de Vere throughout the battle of the writings.

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