Witnessing to the Faith: Absolutism and the Conscience in John Donne's England (Politics) (Hardcover)

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Witnessing to the Faith: Absolutism and the Conscience in John Donne's England (Politics) (Hardcover)

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This study utilises John Donne's works concerning the Jacobean Settlement as a contextualised case study to examine a seriously pressing issue in contemporary society: the issue of Catholic loyalism post-1603 and the disputes that thistopic sparked over the matter of conformity.Altman examines Donne's polemic in line with the vast expanse of literature relating to the pamphlet war and situates Donne's arguments within a strong contemporary tradition of conformist thought. Within this context, the study argues that Donne articulated a theory of royal absolutism that would have struck home with many contemporaries who, whether Catholic or not, were faced with a regime determined to bring them into conformity. It further contends that the religio-political standpoint represented by Donne was not only fairly obvious to the English state but was also widely accepted by it.
Shanyn Altman is a Teaching Fellow in English Literature at the University of Leicester
Product Details ISBN: 9781526154842
ISBN-10: 1526154846
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English
Series: Politics