By Gerald MacLean

Tradition and Society within the Stuart recovery indicates how the recovery produced the idea that of a countrywide literature an important to a brand new nationalist cultural firm: questions of nationwide identification and distinction, of what it intended to be English or British or either, got here to be framed by way of foreign exchange and imperial ambition; and non secular and royal authority gave means ahead of the improvement of a mundane literary tradition geared to the calls for of a constructing advertisement and imperial state.

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Edie, "The Popular Idea of Monarchy on the Eve of the Stuart Restoration," HLQ^^ (1976): 343-73; this passage p. 346. The quest for consensus 35 for the coronation of Charles I to be canceled. " 8 Fully convinced of the need for popular support, the restored government was not about to miss its first opportunity to portray the advantages and propriety of monarchy. 11 OGILBY'S CORONATION P A G E A N T , 1661 It was only in February 1661 that the City fathers were notified of the king's intentions to make a progress through London the day before his coronation.

Following the unsettling noise of cannon and the smell of gunpowder, direct male control begins to recede and decorum disappears. 36 The reader is invited to imagine ladies throwing egg shells about the place and drenching themselves and each other until " all dangers being seemed over, by this time you may suppose " that female curiosity will bring social chaos, mayhem, and darkness. May's fantasy displaces the possibility of female authority, ridiculing and trivializing female agency by representing women voyeuristically 36 Nearly a generation later, things seem not to have altered greatly.

Blair Worden examines responses to the failure of the English republic in writings by Edmund Ludlow, Algernon Sidney, and Sir Henry Vane in order to cast fresh light on the political ambiguities of Milton's Samson Agonistes. Worden shows how Milton's language constantly rings with idiomatic usages that place his closet drama firmly inside republican discourse after the Restoration, one filled with tropes of betrayal and resistance. Suggesting that Samson Agonistes was composed close to publication date, Worden sees authorship providing Milton with a means of struggling to live when to do so involved actively serving a God who seemed to have deserted Literature, culture, and society 25 both him and the good old cause.

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