Monarchy and Incest in Renaissance England: Literature, Culture, Kinship, and Kingship

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Contents
Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction1
Telling Stories About Incest1
The Problem5
Reader's Program11
1. Henry VIII and the Political Uses of Incest Theory19
In the Bedrooms of the Great19
Basic Theory of Incest20
Doctrine of the Henrician Divorce (Part I)28
Doctrine of the Henrician Divorce (Part II)31
Anthropology as Politics36
2. Incest and Tudor Literary Politics42
Henry's Legacy42
Elizabeth and the Issue of Title46
Three Tudor Plays49
"Ten Times Our Mother": Incest and Feminine Authority in Hamlet62
The Cult of Chastity78
3. James I and the Fabrication of Kinship86
The Succession Revisited86
Revenge Tragedy and the Jacobean Social Climber93
A Queen and No Queen: Female Inheritance in Beaumont and Fletcher99
Commerce and Incest in Women Beware Women106
The Conundrum of Kin(g)ship110
4. The End of Kingship?113
Incest and the English Revolution113
Charles I: The Governor as Family Man116
John Ford's Tremulous Private Heaven121
Cavalier Drama and the Royal Dilemma127
Milton and the Powers That Be132

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introduction 1
  • I- Henry VIII and the Political Uses Of Incest Theory 19
  • 2. Incest and Tudor Literary Politics 42
  • 3- James I and the Fabrication Of Kinship 86
  • 4. the End of Kingship? 113
  • 5- Conclusions: the Politics of Incest Theory 138
  • Afterword 157
  • Notes 159
  • Bibliography 173
  • Index 185
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