Lord Burghley as patron of religious literature

Smallwood, R.L. (Robert Leo) (1963). Lord Burghley as patron of religious literature. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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The starting-point for this study of Burghley's patronage of religious literature was Franklin B. William’s list (in An Index of Dedications) of books dedicated to William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley. The interpretation of the term "religious literature" has been fairly broad, embracing works of moral philosophy with a Christian basis, as well as devotional manuals and controversial tracts. Forty-two of the eighty-five books dedicated to Burghley are thus included. After an introductory section on Elizabethan literary patronage, especially in relation to Lord Burghley (whose career is briefly sketched), the books and their authors are considered, grouped in four chapters according to subject matter. Within each chapter the career of each writer is discussed, with emphasis on his relationship with Lord Burghley, in an attempt to reveal to what extent he can be said to have been "patronized" by Cecil. Appended are photographic reproductions of the title-pages of the religious works dedicated to Burghley, a chronological list of all the works dedicated to him, and chronological lists (with dedicatees) of the complete works of all writers discussed in the text. There is a bibliography of all the secondary sources consulted. Quotations throughout follow the conventions of the original text, except that long "s" is reproduced as "s".

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
College/Faculty: Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Arts
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of English Literature
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/5097


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