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‘The Double-Armed Man’

Simon Barker

in War and Nation in the Theatre of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780748627653
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627653.003.0004
‘The Double-Armed Man’

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This chapter presents a description of the work of M. J. D. Cockle who, just over a century ago, undertook his taxonomy of the military prose of the early modern period. It also discusses how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century military writers summoned images from the past to secure their vision of an ideal paradigm. It is concerned with the abundant English prose writing of early modern military theorists. Moreover, it describes how some military historians have responded to Tudor and Stuart military writing. The medieval images that appeared in early modern military texts are witness to a crisis in the politics of a state determined on an absolutism which was never furnished with the essential component of a disciplined, equipped and motivated standing army. Regiments often competed with each other, resisted amalgamation with other regiments, and offered a determined focus of identity for the new recruit.

Keywords: M. J. D. Cockle; English prose writing; Tudor; Stuart; military writing; military prose; military historians

Chapter.  12319 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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