Monday, May 4, 2009

1600 to 1699: The Body of Liberties to "Wishes to His Supposed Mistress."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature.

Nathaniel Ward, et al. American. 1641. Nonfiction. The Body of Liberties. Combined the common law of England and the Mosaic law. Recognized fundamental human rights.

Thomas Browne. British. 1643. Nonfiction. Religio Medici (A Doctor’s Religion). Attempt to arrive at a faith acceptable to a scientist. Ornate style.

Roger Williams. American. 1644. Nonfiction. The Bloudy Tenent. Tract pleading for religious toleration. Advocates democracy. John Cotton replied. Both tracts were eloquent.

Sir Thomas Browne. British. 1646. Treatise. Vulgar Errors. Display of recondite learning. Confutes errors and misconceptions in science, history, etc. Title: Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenets and Commonly Presumed Truths.

Richard Crashaw. British. 1646. Poetry. “Wishes to His Supposed Mistress.” Addressed to ideal mistress. Radiant but humorous picture of her physical and spiritual beauty.

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