Philip Stubbes: The Theater of the Popes Monarchie

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Published a year after his successful The Anatomie of Abuses (1583), Philip Stubbes’ (c. 1555 – c. 1610) Theater of the Pope’s Monarchy is a pamphlet reflective of Elizabethan England’s strong anti-Catholic sentiments. It was first printed in 1584 by Thomas Dawson as an octavo, which means that it was very likely a cheap and portable text. The first printing was dedicated to Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel (1557-1595) – a prominent patron of Stubbes’, and one of the major backers of Anatomie of Abuses. Howard, however, fell out of favor with Queen Elizabeth after the publication of The Anatomie. Howard’s wife was a known Catholic, and when he failed to speak publicly against his wife’s …

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Kimbro, Devori. "The Theater of the Popes Monarchie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2014
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