Fulke Greville and the Invention of History

A Literary Leicester Fringe event

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Nov 13, 2014
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM


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Fulke Greville In 2014, anyone who applies and meets the entry requirements can study History at university. But four hundred years ago, all students not training for law, medicine or the church followed a general Arts curriculum, and most of the disciplines we teach and study today did not exist in such clearly defined forms. This talk will explore various sixteenth- and seventeenth-century attempts to establish history as an academic subject. The main case study will be the poet and courtier Fulke Greville, whose relationships with Francis Bacon, the Earl of Essex, Philip Sidney, and Elizabeth I particularly helped shape his views on writing and studying history. After experiencing personal calamity and witnessing political upheaval, Greville strongly advocated the study of the past and went on to establish one of the first History lectureships in England.

Sarah Knight teaches Renaissance literature to undergraduates and postgraduates in the School of English. She has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for 2014 to edit Fulke Greville’s plays for the new Oxford Complete Works.




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