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Charles I: Unhero of Royalist Poetry


Hoglen, Nerissa Emmy Graetz (2013) Charles I: Unhero of Royalist Poetry. Senior thesis (Major), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/3QHF-E532.


During the English Civil War, Charles I appeared as a character in Royalist poetry, both directly and allegorically. These depictions drew on ancient Roman epic poems, particularly Lucan’s De Bello Civili, in their treatment of the subject matter of civil war and Charles as an epic hero. Though the authors of these poems supported Charles, their depictions of him and his reign reveal anxiety about his weakness as a ruler. In comparison to the cults of personality surrounding his predecessors and the heroes of De Bello Civili, his cult appears bland and forced. The lack of enthusiasm surrounding Charles I may help to explain his downfall at the hands of his Parliamentarian opponents.  

Item Type:Thesis (Senior thesis (Major))
Subject Keywords:Charles I, Royalist, poetry, Renaissance, epic
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Computation and Neural Systems
Minor Option:English
Awards:Library Friends Senior Thesis Prize Finalist, 2013. Gordon Mcclure Memorial Communications Prize, 2012.
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Haugen, Kristine L.
Group:Senior Undergraduate Thesis Prize
Thesis Committee:
  • Gilmartin, Kevin M. (chair)
Defense Date:17 March 2013
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:06092013-095317436
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:7877
Deposited By: Nerissa Hoglen
Deposited On:10 Jun 2013 18:12
Last Modified:02 Aug 2022 21:46

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