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Civil War in 1614: Lucan, Gorges and Prince Henry

Gibson, Jonathan (2003). Civil War in 1614: Lucan, Gorges and Prince Henry. In: Clucas, Stephen and Davies, Rosalind eds. The Crisis of 1614 and The Addled Parliament: Literary and Historical Perspectives. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 161–176.

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This chapter is a study of the first English translation of Lucan's republican civil war epic, the Pharsalia. I argue that Arthur Gorges's translation, published in 1614, was written in the first instance for Prince Henry and that it was influenced by an anti-Machiavellian Neo-Stoicism characteristic of Henry's circle. The 'oppositional' qualities of Gorges's text, highlighted by a number of recent critics, are, I argue, the result of Henry's death in 1612: features that would have appeared unexceptional within a patronage text for Henry appeared newly politically dangerous in 1614. I analyse in detail Gorges's ambivalent attitude towards Caesar and argue that the Lucan translation is closely connected to the work of Sir Walter Ralegh, a friend and cousin of Gorges, on The History of the World.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2003 The Editors
ISBN: 0-7546-0681-3, 978-0-7546-0681-9
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
Item ID: 36868
Depositing User: Jonathan Gibson
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 08:34
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:44
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