By Helen Wilcox
1611: Authority, Gender, and the observe in Early smooth England explores problems with authority, gender, and language inside of and around the number of literary works produced in a single of such a lot landmark years in literary and cultural history.
- Represents an exploration of a yr within the textual lifetime of early smooth England
- Juxtaposes the diversity and variety of texts that have been released, performed, learn, or heard within the similar 12 months, 1611
- Offers an account of the textual tradition of the 12 months 1611, the surroundings of language, and the guidelines from which the authorized model of the English Bible emerged
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The physical impression made by the young prince in his role as Oberon must indeed have been splendid. His costume far outshone even those of his fairy entourage as Jones’s design makes clear. Trumbull’s report speaks of all the ‘gentlemen’ in the masque wearing ‘scarlet hose’, ‘white brodequins full of silver spangles’, ‘gold and suilver cloth’ and ‘very high white plumes’; however, whereas each of these fairy knights wore ‘a very rich blue band across the body’, Henry’s band was ‘scarlet, to distinguish him from the rest’ (Jonson 10 (1950), 522).
The painter of exquisitely delicate miniature portraits at the courts of Elizabeth and James, Nicholas Hilliard, for example, was in poor financial straits for many years and only in 1611 was he finally able to restore his patent to be a member of the royal household, after relinquishing the honour (which was vital to his livelihood) several years previously because of his personal debts; he seems to have been a victim of the change of artistic fashion that saw his pupil Isaac Oliver ‘The omnipotency of the word’ 15 being favoured by the Queen and Prince Henry (MacLeod 54).
Meanwhile the Jesuit William Malone published the first English translation of the autobiography of St Teresa of Avila, from Antwerp. These details remind us of how divided the Low Countries were at this time, between the Protestant northern provinces, a haven for Calvinists, and the Catholic south still under Spanish rule. Both areas did well out of publishing books for the English market. Many of the books published in 1611 were not seen through the press by their authors, whether for reasons of censorship or of geography, either abroad or at home.