In The Writing of Royalism, Robert Wilcher charts the political and ideological development of “royalism” between 1628 and 1660. His study of the literature and propaganda produced by those who adhered to the crown during the civil wars and their aftermath takes in many kinds of writing to provide a comprehensive account of the emergence of a partisan literature in support of the English monarchy and church.
Wilcher situates a wide range of minor and canonical texts in the tumultuous political contexts of the time, helpfully integrating them into a detailed historical narrative. He illustrates the role of literature in forging a party committed to the military defence of royalist values and determined to sustain them in defeat. The Writing of Royalism casts new light on the complex phenomenon of “royalism” by making available a wealth of material that should be of interest to historians as well as literary scholars.
- This volume covers a wider range of writing than previous studies on royalist literature
- An informed historical narrative provides a detailed context for the reading of each text
- The book offers readings of both canonical and hitherto neglected texts
The Writing of Royalism 1628—1660
University of Birmingham
ISBN-13: 9780521661836 | ISBN-10: 0521661838.