Lord Henry Howard (1540-1614): an Elizabethan Life

November 2009
1 black and white illustrations
240 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Renaissance Literature
ISBN: 9781843842095
Format: Hardback
Library eBook

Lord Henry Howard (1540-1614): an Elizabethan Life

D. C. Andersson

First full biography of the Elizabethan Henry Howard, one of the most influential noblemen of his time, tracing his chequered career and placing him in the context of Renaissance humanism.
`A profound and sophisticated understanding of Howard's intellectual universe and literary production'. JONATHAN WOOLFSON

Born the second son of the poet Earl of Surrey, Henry Howard was a Cambridge scholar, courtier and crypto-Catholic intriguer of suspicious repute; after falling in and out of favour with Elizabeth I, he eventually became the most important adviser to James I. Rather than view him through the prism of Jacobean court and political life, as the sparse previous critical attention has tended to do, this detailed reassessment places him in the context of scholarship on Renaissance humanism and its varied interactions with the different styles of argument and persuasion that Howard used, often to no avail, to improve his position during troubled times. The book will be of huge importance to all those interested in the intellectual, religious or political history of early modern England.

An e-book version of this title is available (9781846157424), to libraries through a number of trusted suppliers. See here for a full list of our partners.

Table of Contents

'The knowledge of good letters'. Birth, Education and First Years at Cambridge [1540-1566]
'Tanta assiduitas'. A Scholarly Life at Trinity Hall
'Beware of to much arte'. Between Cambridge and Audley End
'The skill of Philenus'. Teacher, Polemicist, Papist [1571-1578]
'In some sort communicat with daunger'. Survival, Success and Defeat [1578-1582]
'Somewhat closely carried'. Rhetoric and Astrology
'No termination but in vocativo'. Failure, Votary and Civilian
'An nobilitas perdatur per infamiam?' From Conspirator to Kingmaker


This learned biography is a valuable contribution to our understanding of a figure whose years on the fringes of the Court have been overlooked in favour of his more notorious ones at the heart of it. NOTES & QUERIES

[This] learned study of the Elizabethan Howard is very welcome. [It] brings valuable insight to our understanding of a man whose relevance to Elizabethan politics has been overlooked. Most importantly, Andersson, leading by example, calls on other scholars to look afresh at the intellectual culture of the Elizabethan period. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

Also in Series

Related Titles