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Biblical Allusion and Argument in Luke Shepherd's Verse Satires

Mark Rankin

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199205882
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199205882.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Biblical Allusion and Argument in Luke Shepherd's Verse Satires

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Luke Shepherd's verse satires rank among the most important produced in England. Shepherd's reading of Scripture underpins his complex innovations to modes of biblical argument and satire throughout his verse. This article demonstrates how these poems enjoin particular strategies of Bible-reading in order to support Shepherd's rejection of allegedly offensive doctrine. This approach challenges existing theories concerning the relationship between propagandists and the religious establishment during Edward's reign.

Keywords: verse satire; scripture; poems; Bible reading; Edward

Article.  7985 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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