LINGUIST List 31.2062

Tue Jun 23 2020

Books: Royal Voices: Evans

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Date: 27-May-2020
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Subject: Royal Voices: Evans
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Title: Royal Voices
Subtitle: Language and Power in Tudor England
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Mel Evans
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108851121 Pages: 278 Price: U.S. $ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107131217 Pages: 278 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107131217 Pages: 278 Price: U.K. £ 85.00

The Tudors are one of the best known royal families in English history. Over three generations, they constructed and maintained their status and authority during a period of social, political and religious unrest. This book examines the textual basis of Tudor royal power. Through analyses of correspondence alongside genres including proclamations and historical chronicles, the book explores the visual and verbal practices that came to symbolise monarchic authority in the Tudor era. Mel Evans combines concepts from sociolinguistics and pragmatics with corpus linguistic methods to explore the characteristics of authentic English language Tudor texts, alongside materials reporting and appropriating royal language. The book reveals a pervasive sixteenth-century royal voice - one which is central to the articulation and perpetuation of Tudor monarchic power.

Part I. Authentic Royal Voices:
1. Materiality and power in Tudor royal correspondence
2. Royal epistolary language: trends and trajectories
3. Pragmatic perspectives on royal letters
4. Tudor royal proclamations: materiality, orality and performance
Part II. Appropriated Royal Voices:
5. Non-royal views of royal voices: afterlives and metalanguage
6. Impostor, protector and queen: the textual power of royal pretenders
7. Writing royal voices: royal discourse reports in sixteenth-century correspondence
8. Royal voices, narrative and ideology in sixteenth-century chronicles

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Written In: English (eng)

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