The Propagandist: Part 1

Tracey A. Sowerby

in Renaissance and Reform in Tudor England

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584635
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723162 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

The Propagandist: Part 1

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This chapter focuses on Morison's polemical tracts against the Pilgrimage of Grace (the Remedy for Sedition and Lamentation) and three tracts aimed at an international audience (the Apomaxis and the General Council tracts). Previous studies of Morison's propaganda tracts have considered them primarily as obedience literature. In contrast, this study contextualizes the tracts and explores their rhetoric, demonstrating that while obedience was a central theme in Henry VIII's propaganda, the tracts' message was rarely unilateral. Morison's defence of Henry's marital and ecclesiastical policies and justification of the king's treatment of opponents in the relatively neglected Apomaxis is analysed. Morison is established as the author of two official tracts written against a General Council summoned by the pope, which Henry believed would condemn him and his church. These tracts are discussed in the context of English foreign policy, particularly relations with the Schmalkaldic League, and situated within the broader polemical campaign.

Keywords: propaganda; pilgrimage of grace; General Council; Henry VIII; remedy for sedition; Apomaxis

Chapter.  15345 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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