Abstract

Appearing as a court outsider, Raphael Hythloday is often portrayed as an agent provocateur. His most vociferous objection to the current state of the commonwealth, over the issue of enclosure, has stood as his most radical proposal. Nonetheless, there is a peculiar "backwardness" to Raphael's reforms. Far from provocative, the proclamatory nature of his pronouncements is derivative not only of the style and tenor of Tudor documents but also of their ideology. An agent proclamateur, Raphael operates as a double agent, thereby illustrating how More's humanist training in letters allowed him to pursue power while still maintaining the humanist pose of detachment from--and even disdain for--such maneuverings.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 427-445
Launched on MUSE
2003-06-18
Open Access
No
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