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The Honorable Burden of Public Office

English Humanists and Tudor Politics in the Sixteenth Century

J.M. Anderson

The Honorable Burden of Public Office traces the rise of civic humanism in England through the lives and careers of six prominent Elizabethans – John Cheke, Walter Haddon, Thomas Wilson, Thomas Smith, Nicholas Bacon, and William Cecil. It not only recreates the network of intricate relationships and activities that reshaped Elizabethan political culture, it explores the connections between English humanism and the Continental Renaissance, and it shows the development of England’s emerging classical culture within a broader European context. A solid, detailed, and original scholarly work based on extensive archival research, The Honorable Burden of Public Office demonstrates how the integration of ideas and actions transformed politics and society in the sixteenth century.

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