This article focuses on Donne's readership at Lincoln's Inn and the Doncaster Embassy. In 1616 Donne was appointed preacher to the Society of Lincoln's Inn. The Society had, of course, already been influential in his biography as the location of his first entrée into the literary milieu of the capital; it was now to provide the dominant institutional context for an equally formative period of his life, his first years in the ordained ministry. Thomas More, Donne's relative, had been a particularly distinguished member of the Inn. Thomas More's brother, John, and his son-in-law, were also members. More recently, Donne's brother-in-law, Avery Copley, first husband of his sister Anne, was a member. It is thus hardly surprising that both Donne entered as members of the Society in 1592. Donne's time at Lincoln's Inn was clearly crucial in terms of the development of both his religious and political identity.
Keywords: Donne; Donne's readership; religious identity; political identity; Avery Copley
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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)
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