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Introduction: New Lamps for Old?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mike Pincombe



The term `Tudor literature' is increasingly being used to denote a new period, but it has not yet become certain when this period begins or ends. This chapter argues that there are two ways of interpreting the term: a `long' Tudor period, which tracks the royal fortunes of the house of Tudor from 1485 to 1603; and a `short' period, from roughly 1530 to 1580, which might be designated `mid-Tudor literature'. This central period witnessed the catastrophic termination of medieval literature as a result of the Henrician Reformation and its immediate aftermath in the tumultuous decades of the mid-sixteenth century.

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Author(s): Pincombe MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Yearbook of English Studies: Special Edition, Tudor Literature

Year: 2008

Volume: 38

Issue: 1-2

Pages: 1-16

Date deposited: 20/01/2011

ISSN (print): 0306-2473

Publisher: Modern Humanities Research Association



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