The English nation in 1631

Arnold Hunt

in The Oxford Handbook of John Donne

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199218608
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 The English nation in 1631

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The English nation in 1631 is the central focus of this article. ‘In the seventeenth century’, Kevin Sharpe has written, ‘the succession of a new monarch was still the fundamental change in the political climate — the event which decided who would grow in the sun of royal favour and who would wither in the cold of obscurity’. But climate change, however profound, is not always obvious to those living through it. In retrospect, it is clear that the accession of Charles I in 1625 was indeed a critical turning-point in religious and political affairs. The assassination of the Duke of Buckingham in August 1628 is seen by many historians as marking the decisive break between the old reign and the new. The implications, though, were not immediately obvious. However, Donne seems to have been slow to adapt to the new religious agenda. Later some of his poems were considered as sermons.

Keywords: nation; English Nation; religious agenda; Duke of Buckingham; religious affair; political affair

Article.  7217 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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