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Walter Ralegh's History of the World and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance$
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Nicholas Popper

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226675008

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226675022.001.0001

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Context: Ralegh and Historical Culture

Context: Ralegh and Historical Culture

(p.12) Chapter One Context: Ralegh and Historical Culture
Walter Ralegh's History of the World and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance

Nicholas Popper

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the life and career of Ralegh. It explains the contexts that supported his decision to begin his universal history project and loaoks at the factors that impacted the implementation of the practices of historical counsel which aimed to resolve a crisis. This crisis was in fact brought by flawed policies influenced by the Jacobean regime. This chapter also explains how Ralegh held a conviction in the value of learned and pious study of the past.

Keywords:   Elizabethan elite, Jacobean regime, West Country, Court of High Commission, historical counsel, Ralegh, historicist interpretations, neoclassical culture

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