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Lying in Early Modern English Culture
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Lying in Early Modern English Culture: From the Oath of Supremacy to the Oath of Allegiance

Andrew Hadfield

Abstract

Lying in Early Modern English Culture is a major study of ideas of truth and falsehood from the advent of the Reformation to the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot. The period is characterized by panic and chaos when few had any idea how religious, cultural, and social life would develop after the traumatic division of Christendom. Many saw the need for a secular power to define the truth; others declared that their allegiances belonged elsewhere. Accordingly there was a constant battle between competing authorities for the right to declare what was the truth and so label opponents as liars. Issu ... More

Keywords: lying, truth, Reformation, religion, oaths, Renaissance English literature, rhetoric, courtesy, politics, travel writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789468
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789468.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Hadfield, author
Professor of English, University of Sussex

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