TITLE

Julius Caesar in Jacobean England

AUTHOR(S)
Kewes, Paulina
PUB. DATE
October 2002
SOURCE
Seventeenth Century;Autumn2002, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p155
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
What views were held about the historical Julius Caesar in Jacobean England and how did they shape reactions to Shakespeare's, a play which remained in the repertory throughout the period? I explore the representations of Caesar in early seventeenth-century drama and historiography in the context of Jacobean politics and political thought, especially of James I's readiness to present himself as a latter-day Julius Caesar. My focus is on two critical moments in James's reign: the Gunpowder Plot and the Palatinate débâcle. The former conferred renewed urgency on the assassination of Julius Caesar; the latter provoked interest in Caesar's rise to power and his autocratic government typified by his management of the senate. How those two crises resonated with the king's persistent self-fashioning as Caesar, and how they may have influenced the topical appeal of Shakespeare's tragedy, are the twin themes of this essay.
ACCESSION #
7899168

 

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