By Cyndia Susan Clegg
Among 1625 and 1640, a particular cultural expertise of censorship emerged, which eventually led the lengthy Parliament to impose drastic adjustments in press keep watch over. The tradition of censorship addressed during this research is helping to give an explanation for the divergent historic interpretations of Caroline censorship as both draconian or benign. Such contradictions transpire as the Caroline regime and its critics hired related rhetorical recommendations that trusted the language of orthodoxy, order, culture, and legislation, yet to accomplish various ends. development on her prior reports on press censorship in Elizabethan and Jacobean England, Cyndia Clegg scrutinizes all elements of Caroline print tradition: ebook construction in London, the schools, and at the Continent; licensing and authorization practices in either the Stationers' corporation and one of the ecclesiastical licensers; circumstances sooner than the courts of excessive fee and superstar Chamber and the Stationers' Company's courtroom of Assistants; and alternate legislation.
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Keeping an accurate record of this was important. If ever a book might subsequently come into question, the master and wardens would want a record showing that the responsibility for allowing the text to be printed rested not with them but with the Church or government official who approved it. In the same way that Company officials would desire evidence that they were not allowing books to be printed that were contrary to the spirit of Elizabeth’s 1559 Injunctions or the Star Chamber decrees which invoked them, it seems reasonable that individual Stationers would want the same.
When Whitgift died in 1603, the idea of a ‘‘panel’’ of authorizers disappeared, and chaplains to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London and prebendaries of St. Paul’s Cathedral assumed much of the responsibility for approving texts for print. This concentration of responsibility, however, did not preclude other clerics from approving books for print. In 1605, for example, 36 percent of the authorizations noted in the Registers came from outside the immediate circle of London and Canterbury.
Ca. 4). While parliamentary concern about the printed word was subsumed into these larger concerns about religion, treason, and verbal attacks on the monarch, on a few occasions individual books gained parliamentary attention. It was at Parliament’s request that Elizabeth censored Arthur Hall’s A letter sent by F. A. touchyng the proceedings in a priuate quarell and vnkindnesse betweene Arthur Hall, and Melchisedech Mallerie, and that James I censored Cowell’s Interpreter by proclamation. ’’90 Thornborough, like Hall, had made privileged parliamentary proceedings public by publishing a book.