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The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey

Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper

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Friday, 15 June 2018,
18:00 to 20:00
Waterfront Building

The lecture starts at 18:00 with registration from 17:30. 

Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper is Director of Student Experience (Liberal Arts) at the University of Warwick, and his research is primarily concerned with aspects of representation and perception from the sixteenth century to the modern day. He has published and taught on a range of topics, including Renaissance politics, religion, and literature; historiography and genre; the history of the book; and liberal education pedagogy and policy. His first book, From Princes to Pages, focused on literary representations of Thomas Cardinal Wolsey (Brill, 2016), and he is currently working on a monograph on Richard Grafton, royal printer and MP.

Cardinal Wolsey remains one of the iconic figures of Tudor England nearly five hundred years after his death, with a recent wave of popular depictions in literature and television reaffirming centuries-old characterizations of the last of the great medieval churchmen. But where do these characterizations come from, and why do they retain such power? In this lecture, Dr Schwartz-Leeper (Warwick) will explore the ways in which Wolsey came to define a literary archetype, and how that archetype in turn influenced early modern ideas about the uses of the past.

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Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper