Poets, Patronage, and the Prince’s Court

Timothy Wilks

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    This chapter examines Prince Henry’s emergent court during the years 1603 to 1612. It traces the development of a court culture that drew upon the contingent spheres of London publishing and public theatre to express the interests and ambitions of the prince’s circle. Both the patronage of writers and the establishment of libraries are presented as priorities of the court in its formative years. Shakespeare’s tragicomedies, all written in this period, respond to the interests in exploration, colonization, British identity and heritage being strongly advanced at Henry’s court; though unlike Jonson, Shakespeare appears not to have written for Henry. After Henry’s death, Protestant pastoral, having, in the Jacobean age, briefly found a court with which it could sympathize, is seen to change into an opposition poetry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare
    EditorsR. Malcolm Smuts
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)9780199660841
    Publication statusPublished - May 2016


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