Renaissance Quarterly

A journal covering art, literature, and history of the Renaissance for the academic audience. Contains research studies, review essays, and book reviews. Features literary works and themes, as well as specialized studies in the arts, religion, and social

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 4, Winter

"By Lucan Driv'n About": A Jonsonian Marvell's Lucanic Milton
Specialists may recall Andrew Marvell's defense of John Milton in The Second Part of The Rehearsall Transpros'd against the attacks of Samuel Parker, once an associate of sorts but by 1673 a champion of religious intolerance. Parker had written in his...
Johann Valentin Andreae's Utopian Brotherhoods
Howbeit we know after a time there wil now be a general reformation, both of divine and humane things, according to our desire, and the expectation of others: for it's fitting, that before the rising of the Sun, there should appear and break forth Aurora,...
Possessed by the Devil? A Very Public Dispute in Utrecht
No phenomenon reveals the otherness, the alien quality of early modern culture as dramatically as reputed cases of demonic possession. Previously a rare and rather marginal phenomenon, demonic possession became a new plague in the late sixteenth and...
Preserving Property: History, Genealogy, and Inheritance in "Upon Appleton House."
"I hope that they may live to see the power of the King and the Lords thrown down, that yet may live to see property preserved." - Colonel Petty at Putney, 28 October 1647 (Woodhouse, 61) The famous army debates held at Putney in 1647 provide us with...
Shows in the Showstone: A Theater of Alchemy and Apocalypse in the Angel Conversations of John Dee (1527-1608/9)
On 16 November 1582 John Dee and his assistant, Edward Kelly, gathered in the study of Dee's home in Mortlake, a small town located southwest of London on the river Thames. It was five o'clock on a Friday afternoon, and the latest in a series of dramatic...