Marprelate controversy

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Marprelate controversy

(mär`prĕl'ĭt), a 16th-century English religious argument. Martin Marprelate was the pseudonym under which appeared several Puritan pamphlets (1588–89) satirizing the authoritarianism of the Church of England under Archbishop John Whitgift. The church replied in kind, but silenced the pamphleteer only after a reaction against him by the more conservative Puritans and after the use of police powers by Whitgift. A flood of both Martinist and anti-Martinist literature followed, to which Thomas Nashe, John Lyly, and Richard Harvey are supposed to have contributed. The true identity of Martin Marprelate has never been determined, but John PenryPenry, John,
1559–93, British Puritan author, an instigator of the Marprelate controversy, b. Wales, grad. Cambridge and Oxford. While at college he became an ardent Puritan.
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 may have been the chief author.


See The Marprelate Tracts (ed. by W. Pierce, 1911, repr. 1967); E. Arber, An Introductory Sketch to the Martin Marprelate Controversy, 1558–1590 (1895, repr. 1967); D. J. McGinn, John Penry and the Marprelate Controversy (1966).

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The initial chapters offer a detailed discussion of the early consolidation of the pamphlet form in the Marprelate controversy of the 1580s and an analysis of the production and trade of pamphlets that returns to the introduction's emphasis on the matter of pamphlets--their manufacture, look, feel, price, and distribution--providing the reader with a comprehensive overview of the development of the form that will certainly be of interest to anyone pursuing studies in the history of the book.
Raymond's research is meticulous and the evidence he has accumulated effectively carries his points and challenges many longstanding critical assumptions about the role of the pamphlet in the tumultuous century following the Marprelate controversy.
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They visited London less later in their career, and indeed may have lost their acceptance there, where they usually performed only during the fall and Christmas seasons anyway, due to the Marprelate controversy of 1588-90.
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