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Freedom of Speech in Early Stuart England

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120425

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  • This book discusses a central chapter in the history of free speech in the Western world. The nature and limits of freedom of speech prompted sophisticated debate in a wide range of areas in the early seventeenth century; it was one of the 'liberties of the subject' fought for by individuals and groups across the political landscape. David Colclough argues that freedom of speech was considered to be a significant civic virtue during this period. Discussions of free speech raised serious questions about what it meant to live in a free state, and how far England was from being such a state. Examining a wide range of sources, from rhetorical handbooks to Parliamentary speeches and manuscript miscellanies, Dr Colclough demonstrates how freedom of speech was conceived positively in the period c.1603–28, rather than being defined in opposition to acts of censorship.

    • Covers a critically neglected subject
    • Recovers a tradition of argument about freedom of speech that has been obscured, treating both local context and the longer tradition, and reaching back to classical sources
    • Reads a wide range of literary and non-literary texts, from Parliamentary speeches to manuscript miscellanies
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    "Freedom of Speech in Early Stuart England makes a major contribution to our understanding of early modern political discourse. Colclough's impeccable scholarship and mastery of archival sources amasses a vast array of persuasive evidence that effectively describes a culture seriously engaged in civil life and concerned about subject's rights. This will prove an invaluable resource for literary scholars seeking to understand the cultural contexts of early modern literature."
    Early Modern Literary Studies

    "Coclough's writing is attractive and his analysis often acute and subtle. His use of recent sources is excellent Renaissance Quarterly Stanford Lehmberg, University of Minnesota

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120425
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    Note on the text
    1. Parrhesia, or licentiousness baptised freedom: the rhetoric of free speech
    2. Freedom of speech and religion
    3. Freedom of speech in early Stuart Parliaments
    4. 'A very paschall fit for Rome': freedom of speech and manuscript miscellanies

  • Author

    David Colclough, Queen Mary University of London

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