Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Title Page

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Table of Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. vii

List of Illustrations

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. ix-x

read more

Preface

pdf iconDownload PDF

p. xi

Throughout this book I have modernized the spellings in the early texts I have quoted because I want them to be as alive and as familiar to modern readers as possible. I have, however, left the titles in their original form in the bibliography...

read more

Ecole Lemonier: An Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-20

This book began in the small African nation of Djibouti, a stretch of barren and yet strangely beautiful desert on the shores of the Gulf of Aden north of Somalia. Djibouti’s claims to fame are few, resources for Shakespeare scholarship not among...

read more

Chapter 1. English Mercuries

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 21-42

One of the most compelling contemporary accounts of an Elizabethan military operation comes from a pamphlet from Whitehall called The English Mercurie (figure 2), which is dated 23 July 1588. Published on the direction of Elizabeth’s chief minister ...

read more

Chapter 2. Men, Money, Iron, and Bread

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 43-62

During a raid on the Portuguese city of Cascais, Robert Devereux, the dashing and controversial Earl of Essex, challenged any of “his quality” to single combat.1 There were no takers, and Essex was probably the better for it. William Drury issued ...

read more

Chapter 3. Thomas Churchyard’s “Valiant Soldiers” and the “Public State”

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 63-82

In his introduction to Churchyard’s Choice, Thomas Churchyard, one of the most prolific of Elizabethan soldier poets, declares that “before all other things (except the honoring of Prince and public state) a true writer ought of duty, to have in...

read more

Chapter 4. A Tale of Two Cities

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 83-101

George Gascoigne went to war for the time-honored reason of having burned the bridges to just about every personal relationship and professional opportunity he had. The clever, well-educated, but self-consciously feckless son of a well-to-do...

read more

Chapter 5. John Donne’s Emblem of War

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 102-124

Not often enough do we think of John Donne’s life as a soldier when evaluating his poetry and sermons. He did not call much attention to his military service, nor was his military service as extensive as Churchyard’s or Gascoigne’s, but a soldier...

read more

Chapter 6. John Harington’s Journey Home

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 125-143

John Harington writes in his epigram “Of the wars in Ireland” that war “maketh all things sweet” (ln. 4).1 He plays on the “dulce bellum inexpertis” theme derived from Erasmus and developed earlier, as we have seen, by Gascoigne, but for Harington...

read more

Chapter 7. Remembering Soldiers

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 144-164

I began this book talking about how, for modern readers, Elizabethan England is buried under centuries of misleading assumptions about how that society was unified around its military policy. In the chapters that followed, I examined the writings of ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 165-180

Works Cited

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 181-194

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 195-201