Thomas Elyot, The Image of Governance and Other Dialogues of Counsel (1533–1541)

Edited by David Carlson

Tudor and Stuart Translations 24

Modern Humanities Research Association

12 November 2018  •  354pp

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Thomas Elyot's Image of Governance is an English-language version of the matter of Thomas More's Utopia: a tract de optimo statu reipublicae, likewise replete with imagined 'dialogues of counsel'; but in an anti-utopian, monarchist perspective, calculated to appeal to Henry VIII. Moreover, Image of Governance is not imaginary but historical, translated from the late antique Latin Historia augusta.

The present book provides critical editions of Elyot's political writings other than the Governour, all of which are or incorporate extensive translations of ancient Greek and Latin writings, like the Image of Governance. In these related 'Dialogues of Counsel', Elyot takes ancient historical cases — Plato's sale into slavery by Dionysius the tyrant of Syracuse, for example; or the life of the West Asian emperor Zenobia, a woman under patriarchy; or the advice of the Attic orator Isocrates to King Nicocles of Salamis; or the failed but ambitious late Roman imperiate of Alexander Severus; et cetera — and dramatises them, by means of the sort of Lucianic dialogue that Erasmus had used for the Praise of Folly (More too), except in the vernacular, for a relatively broader, more popular English audience.

Contents:

vii-viii
General Editors’ Foreword
Andrew Hadfield, Neil Rhodes
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1-19
Introduction: Elyot’s Dialogues of Counsel and Translation
David R. Carlson
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20-21
Elyot Chronology
David R. Carlson
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22-22
Abbreviations
David R. Carlson
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23-28
Bibliography
David R. Carlson
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29-50
1 Pasqvil the Plain
David Carlson
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51-66
2 The Doctrinal of Princes
David Carlson
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67-146
3 Of the Knowledge Which Maketh A Wise Man
David Carlson
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147-168
4 The Defence of Good Women
David Carlson
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169-312
5 The Images of Governance Compiled of the Acts and Sentences
David Carlson
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313-334
Exemplary Ancients Index & Biographies
David R. Carlson
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335-346
Word List
David R. Carlson
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Bibliography entry:

Carlson, David (ed.), Thomas Elyot, The Image of Governance and Other Dialogues of Counsel (1533–1541), Tudor and Stuart Translations, 24 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Thomas Elyot, The Image of Governance and Other Dialogues of Counsel (1533–1541), ed. by David Carlson, Tudor and Stuart Translations, 24 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Carlson, p. 47.

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Carlson, David (ed.). 2018. Thomas Elyot, The Image of Governance and Other Dialogues of Counsel (1533–1541), Tudor and Stuart Translations, 24 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Carlson 2018: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Carlson 2018: 21.

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