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Poemata on affairs of state: political satire in Latin in later Stuart Britain, 1658–1714

Taylor, E; (2021) Poemata on affairs of state: political satire in Latin in later Stuart Britain, 1658–1714. The Seventeenth Century 10.1080/0268117X.2021.1963826. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Later Stuart Britain is well known as an age of political satire. Scholars have generally approached this as an English-language phenomenon, but there was also a significant strand of satiric verse written in Latin, Britain’s second literary language. This article examines the nature and significance of political satire in Latin in this period. Latin satire appeared in many forms and genres, including epigrammatic, lapidary, hexameter and rhyming verse. Like English-language satire, most Latin satire circulated in manuscript rather than print. Although it had elite authors and readers, some Latin satires reached a substantial audience, assisted by the prevalence of short poems and their circulation alongside English translations. As Latin was Europe’s main international language, satires also flowed across borders, especially with France and the Dutch republic. Latin satires took diverse political perspectives, including royalist and oppositional, Tory and Whig, Jacobite and Williamite, and appeared throughout the later Stuart period.

Type: Article
Title: Poemata on affairs of state: political satire in Latin in later Stuart Britain, 1658–1714
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/0268117X.2021.1963826
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/0268117X.2021.1963826
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Satire; neo-Latin; manuscripts; print; news; partisanship; poetry
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134274
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