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30. 31. Shakespeare the Historian SS XLII , 15-24, p. 18). Indeed, reading extensively from the English chronicles is an exhausting experience which leaves a distinct impression of conformity and endless repetition. The same cannot be said of most contemporary political plays. A play like The Life and Death of Jack Straw, although dramatically efficacious, works in only one direction, that of convincing the audience of the courage of the young king and of the unnaturalness of the rebels and of their claims (the word unnatural, applied to the rebels and their action, occurs in the play an unnatural number of times).
20. M. Pagnini, ibid. 2 The Tudor Historians' Dialogue with the Dead The general purposes shared by sixteenth- and early-seventeenthcentury English historians are explicitly formulated in almost all the dedications and introductions to the chronicles and, more extensively, in treatises on history-writing (these, however, were mostly written after the first decade of the seventeenth century). From these texts, a remarkably uniform catalogue of aims can be easily compiled. For Edward Halle, wryting is the keye to enduce vertue, and represse vice.
12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Shakespeare the Historian S. Greenblatt, 'The Circulation of Social Energy', in Slutkespearean Negotiations (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), pp. 1-20, 12. Various attempts have been made to qualify the from and the for of literary expressions, starting from the late sixties. These all, however diverse, share an interest in the description of the mechanics of cultural formations, and the effort to combine what the formalists (Sklovskij, in particular) called 'the literary series' with the historical series.