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Between 1588-89, some of the most notorious pamphlets of the Elizabethan age were printed from a secret press, making a phenomenon of their pseudonymous author ’Martin Marprelate’. What made them so scandalous was not so much their content, which advocated the overhaul of Church hierarchy, but rather that they did so using an irreverent prose style, spoken by a recognizable and entertaining persona. This paper will suggest that the impact of ‘The Martin Marprelate Tracts’ was their use of literary celebrity to expand the audience for political discourse, and that this led to the unsettling idea that a charismatic writer could become a disruptive social figure.
Author(s): De-Rycker K
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Celebrity Studies
Online publication date: 07/02/2017
Acceptance date: 14/11/2016
Date deposited: 08/02/2017
ISSN (print): 1939-2397
ISSN (electronic): 1939-2400
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