Sir Thomas Elyot and the Bonds of Community

Cathy Shrank

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199205882
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Sir Thomas Elyot and the Bonds of Community

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This article examines Elyot as a humanist thinker and writer throughout his literary career, focusing on his commitment to the public role of the author, working on behalf of his compatriots. Elyot's allegiance here is to a body of people, imagined in national terms as a community of Englishmen (and, to a much lesser extent, women). Further to that, it explores Elyot's stress on the self-restraint and fellow-feeling (sometimes expressed as ‘charity’) necessary for community to exist at all.

Keywords: humanist thinker; writer; author; Englishmen; self-restraint; charity

Article.  8087 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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