Literature of the Stuart successions

An anthology

Edited by Andrew McRae and John West

Literature of the Stuart successions


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  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0462-5
  • Pages: 344
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: September 2017
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / General, Literature & literary studies / Anthologies (non-poetry), Anthologies: general, LITERARY COLLECTIONS / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Biography, Literature & Literary studies, Literature


Literature of the Stuart Successionsis an anthology of primary material relating to the Stuart successions. The six Stuart successions (1603, 1625, 1660, 1685, 1688-9, 1702) punctuate this turbulent period of British history. In addition, there were two accessions to the role of Lord Protector (those of Oliver and Richard Cromwell). Each succession generated an outpouring of publications in a wide range of forms and genres, including speeches, diary-entries, news reports, letters and sermons. Above all, successions were marked in poems, by some of the greatest writers of the age. By gathering together some of the very best Stuart succession writing, Literature of the Stuart Successions offers fresh perspectives upon the history and culture of the period. It includes fifty texts (or extracts), selected to demonstrate the breadth and significance of succession writing, as well as introductory and explanatory material.


General introduction
Part I: 1603
I.1 A Proclamation Declaring the Undoubted Right of our Sovereign Lord King James, to the Crown of the Realms of England, France and Ireland (1603)
I.2 Richard Niccols, 'A True Subject's Sorrow, for the Loss of his Late Sovereign' (1603)
I.3 Michael Drayton, To the Majesty of King James (1603)
I.4 Sir John Davies, 'The King's Welcome' and 'To the Queen at the Same Time' (1603)
I.5 A New Song to the Great Comfort and Rejoicing of all True English Hearts, at our Most Gracious King James his Proclamation, upon the 24 of March last past in the City of London (1603)
1.6 Thomas Dekker, from The Whole Magnificent Entertainment: Given to King James, Queen Anne his Wife, and Henry Frederick the Prince, Upon the Day of His Majesty's Triumphant Passage (from the Tower) through his Honourable Citie (and Chamber) of London (1604)
I.7 Ben Jonson, 'A Panegyre on the Happy Entrance of James our Sovereign to his First High Session of Parliament' (1604)
I.8 King James, from The Kings Majesty's Speech, as it was Delivered by him in the Upper House of the Parliament (1604)
Part II: 1625
II.1 John Rous, from his diary (27 March 1625)
II.2 James Shirley, 'Upon the Death of King James' (1646)
II.3 John Donne, from The First Sermon Preached to King Charles (1625)
II.4 From A True Discourse of all the Royal Passages, Triumphs and Ceremonies, Observed at the Contract and Marriage of the High and Mighty Charles, King of Great Britain, and the Most Excellentest of Ladies, the Lady Henrietta Marie of Bourbon (1625)
II.5 George Eglisham, from The Forerunner of Revenge. Upon the Duke of Buckingham, for the Poisoning of the Most Potent King James of Happy Memory King of Great Britain, and the Lord Marquis of Hamilton, and Others of the Nobility (1626)
II.6 William Drummond of Hawthornden, from The Entertainment of the High and Mighty Monarch Charles (1633)
Part III: 1653 and 1658
III.1 [Marchamont Nedham], from Mercurius Politicus, 184 (December 1653)
III.2 'The Character of a Protector' (c. 1654)
III.3 Andrew Marvell, The First Anniversary of the Government under his Highness the Lord Protector (1655)
III.4 From The Public Intelligencer, 152 (November 1658)
III.5 John Dryden, Heroic Stanzas, Consecrated to the Glorious Memory of his Most Serene and Renowned Highness Oliver Late Lord Protector of this Commonwealth, &c. Written after the Celebration of his Funeral (1659)
III.6 The World In a Maze, or, Oliver's Ghost (1659)
Part IV: 1660
IV.1 The Declaration of Breda (1660)
IV.2 John Milton, from The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth (1660)
IV.3 Samuel Pepys, from his diary (25 May 1660)
IV.4 Martin Parker, The King Enjoys his Own Again. To be Joyfully Sung, with its Own Proper Tune (c. 1660)
IV.5 John Dryden, Astraea Redux. A Poem On the Happy Restoration and Return Of His Sacred Majesty Charles the Second (1660)
IV.6 Rachel Jevon, Exultationis Carmen: To the Kings Most Excellent Majesty upon his Most Desired Return (1660)
IV.7 John Crouch, The Muses' Joy For The Happy Arrival and Recovery of that Weeping Vine Henrietta-Maria, the most Illustrious Queen-Mother, and Her Royal Branches (1660)
IV.8 Edmund Waller, A Poem On St James's Park as Lately Improved by His Majesty (1661)
Part V: 1685
V.1 John Dryden, Threnodia Augustalis: A Funeral-Pindaric Poem Sacred to the Happy Memory of King Charles II (1685)
V.2 James II, An Account of What His Majesty Said at his First Coming to Council (1685)
V.3 Elinor James, The Humble Petition of Elinor James (1685)
V.4 W[illiam] P[enn] (?), Tears Wiped Off, or The Second Essay of the Quakers by Way of Poetry: Occasioned by the Coronation of James and Mary (1685)
V.5 Francis Turner, from A Sermon Preached before their Majesties K. James II and Queen Mary at their Coronation in Westminster Abbey, April 23, 1685
V.6 England's Royal Renown, In the Coronation Of our Gracious Sovereign King James the 2nd. and His Royal Consort Queen Mary, who were Both Crowned at Westminster, the Twenty-Third of April, 1685. To the Tune of, The Cannons Roar (1685)
V.7 Aphra Behn, A Poem Humbly Dedicated To the Great Pattern of Piety and Virtue Catherine Queen Dowager. On the Death of her Dear Lord and Husband King Charles II (1685)
Part VI: 1688-9
VI.1 John Evelyn, from his diary (8 November 1688)
VI.2 Gilbert Burnet, from A Sermon Preached in the Chapel of St James's, before his Highness the Prince of Orange, the 23d of December, 1688 (1689)
VI.3 Aphra Behn, A Pindaric Poem to the Reverend Doctor Burnet, on the Honour he did me of Enquiring after me and my Muse (1689)
VI.4 Thomas Shadwell, The Address of John Dryden, Laureate to his Highness the Prince of Orange (1689)
VI.5 Elkanah Settle, 'Britain's Address to the Prince of Orange' (1689)
VI.6 On the Occasion of the Descent of his Highness the Prince of Orange into England, and their Highnesses Accession to the Crown. A Pindaric Ode (1689)
VI.7 The Protestant's Ave Mary, on the Arrival of her Most Gracious Majesty, Mary, Queen of England (1689)
VI.8 A Letter from a Gentleman in the Country to his Correspondent in the City, Concerning the Coronation Medal, Distributed April 11. 1689 (1689)
Part VII: 1702
VII.1 Queen Anne, from 'The Queen's Speech in Parliament' (1702)
VII.2 England's Triumph, in the Joyful Coronation of a Protestant Queen: Or, an Acrostic upon Anne, Queen of England, Scotland, France and Ireland (1702)
VII.3 The English Muse: Or, a Congratulatory Poem (1702)
VII.4 From Albina, or The Coronation (1702)
VII.5 John Tutchin, from The Observator (22 April 1702)
VII.6 Bevil Higgons (?), 'The Mourners' (1703)
VII.7 William Walsh, To the Queen on her Coronation Day (1706)


Andrew McRae is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Exeter

John West is Assistant Professor of Seventeenth-Century Literature and Culture at the University of Warwick

Literature of the Stuart successions

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