Imaginary Betrayals: Subjectivity and the Discourses of Treason in Early Modern England
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013 M05 29 - 224 páginas
In 1352 King Edward III had expanded the legal definition of treason to include the act of imagining the death of the king, opening up the category of "constructive" treason, in which even a subject's thoughts might become the basis for prosecution. By the sixteenth century, treason was perceived as an increasingly serious threat and policed with a new urgency. Referring to the extensive early modern literature on the subject of treason, Imaginary Betrayals reveals how and to what extent ideas of proof and grounds for conviction were subject to prosecutorial construction during the Tudor period. Karen Cunningham looks at contemporary records of three prominent cases in order to demonstrate the degree to which the imagination was used to prove treason: the 1542 attainder of Katherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, charged with having had sexual relations with two men before her marriage; the 1586 case of Anthony Babington and twelve confederates, accused of plotting with the Spanish to invade England and assassinate Elizabeth; and the prosecution in the same year of Mary, Queen of Scots, indicted for conspiring with Babington to engineer her own accession to the throne.
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Subjectivity and the Discourses of Treason in Early Modern England Karen Cunningham. For my Mom and Dad Imagination is funny This page intentionally lefi blank Contents Introduction 1 1 “Fugitive.
... trials.5 Since treason was defined as compassing the king's death in the imagination, trying a person for the crime would mean discovering or constructing an inward truth as it was manifest in the character and words of the accused.
13 Reserving his highest commendation for his last figure, Sidney clears a unique space in the realm of imaginative discourse: “Only the poet, disdaining to be tied to any such subjection, lifted up with the vigor of his own invention, ...
... it could, for example (as my argument implies throughout), help condition ideological forms of gender, affiliation, and homeland as well as lend imaginative credibility to specific versions of “permissible” death.
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