Hampton-Reeves, Stuart (2014) Kent’s Best Man: Radical Chorographic Consciousness and the Identity Politics of Local History in Shakespeare’s 2 Henry VI. Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 14 (1). pp. 63-87. ISSN 1531-0485
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jem.2014.0009
In this article, the character of Jack Cade in Shakespeare’s 2 Henry VI is reconsidered through an exploration of the local history and traditions of Kent. I argue that Shakespeare, through Cade and his followers, created a sense of local historical consciousness which directly challenged the structures of chronicle history and manifests itself in various acts of self-affirmation. Shakespeare departed from his sources by giving Cade a Kentish identity. I also challenge the modern critical consensus that Shakespeare made Cade more violent than he was in the play’s chronicle sources.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Jack Cade; Shakespeare; Kentish Identity; William Lambarde|
|Subjects:||Linguistics, classics & related subjects > English literature by period|
|Schools:||Faculty of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies|
|Deposited By:||Stuart Hampton-Reeves|
|Deposited On:||21 Dec 2015 13:13|
|Last Modified:||21 Jan 2017 19:46|
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