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Slander and sedition in Elizabethan law, speech, and writing

Slander and sedition in Elizabethan law, speech, and writing / Steven Veerapen.
9781789976809 ebook
Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, [2020]
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vi, 329 pages ; 23 cm.
"The Elizabethan era is generally understood to coincide with the blossoming of English language - it was the age of Shakespeare, Sidney, and Marlowe. Yet it is known also as a period of brutality and repression: saying or writing anything against the state, the queen, or its governors might result in hanging, fines, or the loss of limbs. Defaming neighbours could and frequently did result in a day in court, with slander emerging as a byword for unacceptable speech and writing. Academic interest has long been divided into studies which focus on the power relations underpinning literary production, the ways in which authorities sought to suppress and censor transgressive material, or the role slander played in religious polemic. This book will explore the legal backdrop which helped and hindered the production and curtailment of slanderous and seditious material across multiple sites. In so doing, it will seek to uncover exactly how slander and sedition were defined, regulated, punished, and, ultimately, negotiated by those who grappled over control of discourse. Through examination of the legal, theatrical, and religious conditions of the age of Elizabeth, this study will provide an explanation of the rise of the flagrantly slanderous political discourses of the seventeenth century"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Veerapen, Steven, 1987- Slander and sedition in Elizabethan law, speech, and writing Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, 2020.
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June 29, 2020
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