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Trevor-Roper, Catholics, Anglicans and Puritans: Seventeenth Century Essays (London, 1987). For a careful examination of the Catholic Church, see the indispensible work of Kevin Sharpe, The Personal Rule of Charles I (New Haven, 1992), Chap. VI. But see and heed Anthony Low's review article on David Cressy's Bonfires and Bells: National Memory and the Protestant Calendar in Elizabethan and Stuart England (Berkeley, 1989), in Ben Jonson Journal, I (1994), 23137. '' Two important corrective works: J.

11 Transcending local lore and legend, the Prayer Book linked the auditor to a general interoral continuum, as well as to the world of texts, specifically the Bible. 12 The steady pressure of a centrally imposed religion, conducted in English and accompanied by growing semiliteracy and genuine literacy, we believe, gave rise to an interoral culture above the level of lore and within the realm of tropic expression. We argue further that the tropes of defining moment, journey, theatrum mundi, and ambassadorship become so implicated, so mutually reflexive and interactive, that they can only be separated artificially.

9 The people would also hear of the witness expressed by signs, testified to by others, and written into the record. We thus situate this study in regard to the matter of orality and textuality. The conventionally literary texts constitute the clearest element of textuality on which we focus, for the general reasons of their historical importance and continuing (we do not say universal) human interest. These texts were obviously part of the society of high literacy, which was centered on the town and country house.

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