Review of English Studies
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Recent work on Waller’s Panegyrick to my Lord Protector has focused on its e¡ort to dress Cromwell in Augustan garb to translate his power into authority over a quiescent populace. Drawing on recently discovered evidence about the poem’s composition, about Waller’s reading of Machiavelli, and about his association with a fellow Buckinghamshire gentleman and MP, Sir William Drake (a figure known to have been influenced by Machiavelli), this article suggests that Augustan rhetoric forms only one strand in a discursive tapestry dominated by a Machiavellian argument for England’s imperial expansion.
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Raylor, Timothy. "Waller's Machiavellian Cromwell: The Imperial Argument of A Panegyrick to my Lord Protector." Review of English Studies 56.235 (2005): 386-411. Accessed via Faculty Work. English. Carleton Digital Commons.
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