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Image WarsKings and Commonwealths in England, 1603-1660$
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Kevin Sharpe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162004

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162004.001.0001

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Contesting the King

Contesting the King

(p.124) Chapter 4 Contesting the King
Image Wars

Kevin Sharpe

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the rise of the opposition to monarchy during the Stuart dynasty. The first Stuart faced not only more turbulent parliaments but new genres and forms of criticism, which circulated in print and in the public sphere, including satire, verse libel, newsletters, and the coranto, or first newspaper. Traditionally, it has been assumed that the virulent opposition to King James was a reaction to his attitudes, behavior, and absolutist views. The perception of a world of politicking, artfulness, and intrigue, emerging already in the sixteenth century, grew during the reign of the first Stuart. A sense that discontent and criticism were facts of life seeps through even the loud acclamations which greeted James in 1603.

Keywords:   Stuart dynasty, monarch, James, parliament

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