England spent much of the 15th century in a dynastic struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster, a series of wars known as the Wars of the Roses. Less than two hundred years later, the nation was again embroiled in civil war. Living in this later period, the writers John Trussell, Sir Francis Biondi and William Habington turned to the past for subject matter and chose the Wars of the Roses. All were clearly influenced by their era, but their treatments of the subject matter differed greatly, as did their aims in writing. This volume analyzes historical works by Trussell (an English lawyer), Biondi (an Italian lawyer), and Habington (an English poet and playwright). Examining Trussell s Continuation of the Collection of the History of England, Biondi's History of the English Civil Wars Between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York, and Habington's History of Edward IV, the book looks at how these authors present their common subject matter and how 17th century society influenced their interpretations. In addition, it discusses the insight these works provide on the Puritan Revolution. An appendix contains a reproduction of Caerguents Lament by John Trussell.
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Independent researcher and writer Roxane C. Murph lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
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