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Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688$
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Barbara J. Shapiro

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783620

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783620.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter One Introduction
Political Communication and Political Culture in England, 1558-1688
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This chapter explores the whole spectrum of available venues and genres in which political ideas were expressed and through which the English people received and contributed to their general political culture from the reign of Elizabeth to just prior to the transformation of 1688. Genres or forms of expression offer a useful window for exploring political life. The term “genre” is used to indicate a recognizable form of expression typically following a set of known rhetorical features. This study addresses the channels of early modern English political culture. The period focused upon in this book is 1558–1688. Deeply held religious beliefs, identifications, and habits of mind were embedded elements of the English political culture in which the genres of political expression were at play. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords:   English political culture, Elizabeth, genres, religious beliefs, political expression

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