[Milton-L] Treason law

Jeffrey Theis jtheis at salemstate.edu
Wed Jun 25 15:08:58 EDT 2008


Peter,

Rebecca Lemon's recent book, Treason by Words: Literature, Law and Rebellion in Shakespeare's England (Cornell UP, 2006), develops many of these concerns. She begins after Henry VIII and ends before Milton, but she digs into the "elasticity" of treason law that Sabrina Baron mentions.

Regards,
Jeff Theis

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>>> "Peter C. Herman" <herman2 at mail.sdsu.edu> 06/25/08 2:18 PM >>>
My thanks to Professor Baron for supplying the necessary details.

Peter C. Herman

At 10:56 AM 6/25/2008, you wrote:
>The law regarding treason was updated for the first time in centuries
>under Henry VIII at the urging of Thomas Cromwell.  It made imagining
>and compassing the death of the king treason.  So, just thinking
>about killing the king was treason.  This law and its elasticity, so
>to speak, were used to bring down Sir Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, and
>even Cromwell himself.
>
>Sabrina Baron
>University of Maryland
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