The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court

Edited by Jayne Archer, Elizabeth Goldring and Sarah Knight

The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9009-7
  • Pages: 328
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: March 2013
  • BIC Category: Literature, Literary studies: general, Literary studies: c 1400 to c 1600, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800


This is a collection of essays on an important but overlooked aspect of early modern English life: the artistic and intellectual patronage of the Inns of Court and their influence on religion, politics, education, rhetoric, and culture from the late fifteenth through the early eighteenth centuries.

This period witnessed the height of the Inns' status as educational institutions: emerging from fairly informal associations in the fourteenth century, the Inns of Court in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries had developed sophisticated curricula for their students, leading to their description in the early seventeenth century as England's 'third university'. Some of the most influential politicians, writers, and divines - as well as lawyers - of Tudor and Stuart England passed through the Inns: men such as Edward Hall, Richard Hooker, John Webster, John Selden, Edward Coke, William Lambarde, Francis Bacon, and John Donne.

This is the first interdisciplinary publication on the early modern Inns of Court, bringing together scholarship in history, art history, literature, and drama. The book is lavishly illustrated and provides a unique collection of visual sources for the architecture, art, and gardens of the early modern Inns


Jayne Elisabeth Archer is Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Aberystwyth University. Elizabeth Goldring is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. Sarah Knight is Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Leicester.


Contents/List of illustrations/Contributors/Acknowledgements/Abbreviations
Preface: Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight
1. The third university 1450-1550: Law school or finishing school?: J. H. Baker
I. History: Education, Religion, Politics, and the Law
Introduction: education, religion, politics, and law at the early modern Inns of Court: Jayne Elisabeth Archer
2. The Inner Temple revels (1561-62) and the Elizabethan rhetoric of signs: Paul Raffield
3. Gospel, law, and ars prædicandi at the Inns of Court, c.1570-c.1640: Hugh Adlington
4. The Inns of Court and the common law mind: The case of James Whitelocke: Damian X. Powell
5. 'The sinful history of mine own youth': John Donne preaches at Lincoln's Inn: Emma Rhatigan
6. Readers' dinners and the culture of the early modern Inns of Court: Wilfrid Prest
II. Art, Architecture, and Gardens
Introduction: the art, architecture, and gardens of the early modern Inns of Court: Elizabeth Goldring
7. The halls of the Elizabethan and early Stuart Inns of Court: Mark Girouard
8. Professional pride and personal agendas: Tarnya Cooper
9. The evolution of the early gardens of the Inns of Court: Paula Henderson
10. The rebuilding of the Inns of Court, 1660-1700: Geoffrey Tyack
III. Literature and Drama
Introduction: literature and drama at the early modern Inns of Court: Sarah Knight
11. Lyric poetry at the early Elizabethan Inns of Court: Jessica Winston
12. The evidential plot: Shakespeare and Gascoigne at Gray's Inn: Lorna Hutson
13. Locating The Comedy of Errors: Bradin Cormack
14. Law sports and the night of errors: Shakespeare at the Inns of Court: Richard McCoy
15. New light on drama, music, and dancing at the Inns of Court to 1642: Alan H. Nelson
Select bibliography of secondary criticism

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