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Henry VIII and his Afterlives
Literature, Politics, and Art

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Mark Rankin, John N. King, Christopher Highley, Peter Happé, Dale Hoak, Alec Ryrie, Ronald Paulson, Tatiana C. String, Matthew Spring, Tom Betteridge, Andrew Fleck, Peter Marshall
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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107412750

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  • Henry VIII remains one of the most fascinating, notorious and recognizable monarchs in English history. In the five centuries since his accession to the throne, his iconic status has been shaped by different media. From Shakespeare to The Tudors, this book reassesses treatments of Henry VIII in literature, politics, and culture during the period spanned by the king’s own reign (1509–1547) and the twenty-first century. Historians and literary scholars investigate how representations of the king provoked varied responses from influential writers, artists, and political figures in the decades and centuries following his death. Individual chapters consider interrelated responses to Henry’s character and policies during his lifetime; his literary and political afterlife; the king’s impact on art and popular culture; and King Henry’s debated place in historiography, from the Tudor period to the present.

    • Explains the unique fascination Henry VIII continues to inspire in British culture
    • Explores the political uses of Henry VIII's image after his death
    • Contains new perspectives for both historians and literary scholars
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    "Henry VIII and His Afterlives gives an extremely interesting overview of changing reactions to Henry VIII over the centuries."
    --Renaissance Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107412750
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Mark Rankin, John N. King, and Christopher Highley
    Part I. Contemporary Responses:
    1. Henry VIII in the interludes Peter Happé
    2. Henry VIII as David: the King's image and Reformation politics John N. King
    3. The legacy of Henry VIII Dale Hoak
    Part II. Henry VIII's Literary and Political Afterlives:
    4. The slow death of a tyrant: learning to live without Henry VIII, 1547–63 Alec Ryrie
    5. The literary afterlife of Henry VIII, 1557–1625 Mark Rankin
    6. The Henry VIII story in the eighteenth century: words and images Ronald Paulson
    Part III. Henry VIII in Art and Popular Culture:
    7. Projecting masculinity: Henry VIII's codpiece Tatiana C. String
    8. The remains of Henry VIII Christopher Highley
    9. Henry VIII - his musical contribution and posthumous reputation Matthew Spring
    10. Henry VIII and popular culture Tom Betteridge
    Part IV. Henry VIII through History:
    11. Conveyance of history: narrative, chronicle, history and the Elizabethan memory of the Henrician Golden Age Andrew Fleck
    12. Henry VIII and the modern historians: the making of a twentieth-century reputation Peter Marshall
    Selected bibliography

  • Editors

    Mark Rankin, James Madison University, Virginia

    Christopher Highley, Ohio State University

    John N. King, Ohio State University


    Mark Rankin, John N. King, Christopher Highley, Peter Happé, Dale Hoak, Alec Ryrie, Ronald Paulson, Tatiana C. String, Matthew Spring, Tom Betteridge, Andrew Fleck, Peter Marshall

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