Bacon: The History of the Reign of King Henry VII and Selected Works

Bacon: The History of the Reign of King Henry VII and Selected Works

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This is a major student edition of the text described as 'the first modern classic of English history'. Bacon's penetration into human motives, his life-long experience of politics and government, and his remarkable literary skills, render this History of the Reign of King Henry VII a major work of English literature and an important document in the history of political thought. The introduction places Bacon's History in the context of Renaissance historiography, revealing its debt to Tacitus, and shows Bacon's originality in re-ordering traditional material to make a coherent psychological analysis of the King's actions. In addition to the usual series features and supporting contextual material (including relevant Essays by Bacon), generous editorial footnotes explain the historical and political issues of the reign of Henry VII, and a substantial glossary clarifies Bacon's rich but sometimes unfamiliar vocabulary.show more

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"Vickers's edition--crisply introduced, fully annotated, meticulously glossed, and appending Bacon's fragmentary histories of other Tudor monarchs, together with five of the Essays--now becomes the standard one." The New Criterion "This new edition of Bacon's The History of the Reign of King Henry VII offers the student of history a good introduction to Jacobean English and Tudor history, economics, and politics." Seventeenth-Century Newsshow more

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Editor's Note; Introduction; Principal events in Bacon's Life; Select bibliography; The History of the Reign of King Henry VII; Bacon's fragmentary histories; Selections from the Essays (1625) including of simulation and dissimulation; Of seditions and troubles; Of empire; Of counsel; Of the true greatness of kingdoms and estates; Glossary; Index.show more