The Propagandist: Part 2

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 2

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This chapter discusses three major polemical works by Morison. It provides the first sustained discussion of the Comfortable Consolation, which was written to celebrate the birth of Prince Edward, and sheds new light on the Invective against treason (1539) and Exhortation (1539). All three tracts were suffused with evangelical sentiments and providentialist rhetoric that had important implications for contemporary views of Henry's kingship. Morison consistently advocated evangelical initiatives ahead of official policy, offering hope to other evangelicals. 1538–9 was a time of crisis for Henry VIII; this chapter situates the Invective and Exhortation against the internal and external threats to Henry's rule and examines the evidentiary basis of the Invective. Also discussed is the place of Morison's 1539 translation of Frontinus' Stratagems in the polemical campaign.

Keywords: propaganda; Prince Edward; Exeter conspiracy; evangelicals; comfortable consolation; invective against treason; Exhortation

Chapter.  16350 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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