"Love and Power at the Court of Henry VIII"
Thu, October 1, 2009 • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM • Thompson Conference Center
An Odyssey Course event with Harrington Fellow Jason Powell
In 1527, near the middle of Henry VIII's long reign, the English king
sought to divorce his aging wife and marry the clever, exotic sister of
his former mistress. Her rumored former lover was an ambitious and
married 24 year-old named Thomas Wyatt, who then awkwardly fled the
court with an embassy to the Italy. He returned later that year (after
taking over the embassy, being captured by imperial troops and ransomed
by the English king), with a new edition of Italian poetry by Petrarch.
The rough, haunting poems he translated and modeled upon Petrarch, some
inspired by Anne and the subsequent experience of watching her
execution, remade the English poetic tradition and prepared the way for
Spenser, Donne and Shakespeare.
Recommended reading: Thomas Wyatt, sonnets and other lyrics
JASON POWELL is Assistant Professor of English at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, the editor of the Oxford University Press Collected Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt (forthcoming), and currently a Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas for the 2009-10 academic year.
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