The Martin Marprelate Controversy Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Anselment, Raymond A. “The Marprelate Tracts.” In ‘Betwixt Jest and Earnest’: Marprelate, Milton, Marvell, Swift & The Decorum of Religious Ridicule, pp. 33-60. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1979.

A commentary on the satirical nature of the Marprelate tracts.

Arber, Edward. “An Introductory Sketch to the Martin Marprelate Controversy.” In An Introductory Sketch to the Martin Marprelate Controversy, 1588-1590, edited by Edward Arber, pp. 21-35. London: English Scholar's Library of Old and Modern Works, 1879.

Provides background information on the conflict, including extracts from relevant documents and lists of Puritan objections.

Baldwin, T. W. “Errors and Marprelate.” In Studies in Honor of DeWitt T. Starnes, edited by Thomas P. Harrison, Archibald A. Hill, Ernest C. Mossner, and James Sledd, pp. 9-24. Austin, Texas: Humanities Research Center, 1967.

Detects two jests in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors that are aimed at Martin Marprelate.

Carlson, Leland H. Martin Marprelate, Gentleman: Master Job Throkmorton Laid Pen in His Colors. San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library, 1981, 445 p.

Makes the case for Job Throckmorton's authorship of the Marprelate tracts.

Coolidge, John S. “Martin Marprelate, Marvell, and Decorum Personae as a Satirical Theme.” PMLA 74 (December 1959): 526-32.

Compares the works of Marprelate and Andrew Marvell, focusing on their interpretations of decorum personae.

McGinn, Donald J. “Penry and the Secret Press.” In John Penry and the Marprelate Controversy, pp. 60-78. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1966.

Demonstrates the similarities in style of John Penry and Marprelate, and notes historical accord in their respective publications, further supporting their connection.

Pierce, William. An Historical Introduction to the Marprelate Tracts: A Chapter in the Evolution of Religious and Civil Liberty in England. New York: Burt Franklin, 1908, 333 p.

Analyzes the role Marprelate pamphlets played in the development of religious and civil rights in sixteenth-century England.

Poole, Kristen. “Saints Alive! Falstaff, Martin Marprelate, and the Staging of Puritanism.” Shakespeare Quarterly 46, no. 1 (spring 1995): 47-75.

Analyzes the role of Shakespeare's character Falstaff as representative of Puritanism, specifically as it is reflected in the satire of Martin Marprelate.

Wilson, J. Dover. “A New Theory of the Authorship of the Marprelate Tracts.” In Martin Marprelate and Shakespeare's Fluellen, pp. 1-70. London: Alexander Moring, 1912.

While acknowledging the authorial role of Penry and Throckmorton in the later tracts, presents an alternate theory of authorship for the earliest Marprelate tracts.