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'The Symptomes and Vapors of a Diseased Time': The Earl of Clare and Early Stuart Manuscript Culture

Thomas Cogswell
The Review of English Studies
New Series, Vol. 57, No. 230 (Jun., 2006), pp. 310-336
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4095441
Page Count: 27
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'The Symptomes and Vapors of a Diseased Time': The Earl of Clare and Early Stuart Manuscript Culture
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Abstract

This essay analyses the involvement of John Holles, the first Earl of Clare, in early Stuart manuscript culture. This somewhat forbidding figure is now chiefly known for his trenchant letters about contemporary politics, but on closer inspection, it becomes clear that he was also a connoisseur of manuscript verse libels, and as BL Harleian 6383 reveals, his interest in the genre led him to write several poems lamenting the influence of the Duke of Buckingham, the longest of these being 'The Prodigall'. After a brief sketch of his political career, the essay will set Clare's verse into political context before presenting the full text of his poems.

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