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Jeri Smith-Cronin, ‘Chivalry, Religion, and Anglo-Spanish Diplomacy: Censoring Thomas Dekker’s The Whore of Babylon’ and Matthew Blaiden ‘John Lyly, Court Dramatist?’

28 February @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This joint session will feature two third-year PhD students from the University of Leeds.

Jeri Smith-Cronin will be talking to the title: ‘Chivalry, Religion, and Anglo-Spanish Diplomacy: Censoring Thomas Dekker’s The Whore of Babylon’:

In November 1619, the stand-in Spanish ambassador in London, Diego de la Fuente, intervened to prohibit a revival of Dekker’s 1606 play, The Whore of Babylon. Underlining the relationship between censorship and diplomatic exigency, this paper briefly explores how Dekker’s play could become sensitive again in the religio-political context of late 1619. The Whore of Babylon’s apocalyptic and chivalric allegory of the various assassination attempts against Queen Elizabeth spoke powerfully to the inter-confessional political tensions which afflicted Europe in the opening moments of the Thirty Years’ War. Censorship, in this instance, appears as an expression of King James’s commitment to his most coveted foreign policy, the Spanish Match, and shows how European diplomacy extended into the cultural public sphere.

Matthew Blaiden will be speaking to the title: ‘John Lyly, Court Dramatist?’

Synopsis tbc.

 

This session is organised by the EMDG. All welcome!

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Date:
28 February
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Early Modern Discussion Group

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Humanities Research Institute
34 Gell Street
Sheffield, S3 7QY United Kingdom
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