Transforming <i>A Mirror for Magistrates</i>

Jennifer Richards

in Renaissance Transformations

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651573 | DOI:
Transforming A Mirror for Magistrates

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This chapter focuses on how rhetoric shapes emotional affect, and considers how the texts are transformed through their evolution in print. It examines A Mirror for Magistrates and describes it as protean and collaborative, through its ability to change and expand its many editions throughout the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The chapter stresses that A Mirror needs to be viewed as a project in which moral–political positions are worked out, thus giving a parallel as to how a political commonwealth should practise virtue in an attempt to reform itself. The chapter also shows how A Mirror functions as both affective and effective political writing.

Keywords: rhetoric; emotional affect; Mirror for Magistrates; moral–political positions; political commonwealth; political writing

Chapter.  7239 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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