Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis: A Context for <i>the Faerie Queene</I>

Author:   Margaret Christian
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
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Pages:   272
Publication Date:   07 June 2019
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Edmund Spenser famously conceded to his friend Walter Raleigh that his method in The Faerie Queene 'will seeme displeasaunt' to those who would 'rather have good discipline delivered plainly in way of precepts, or sermoned at large'. This is the first book-length study to clarify Spenser's comparison by introducing readers to the biblical typologies of contemporary sermons and liturgies. The result demonstrates that 'precepts ... sermoned at large' from lecterns and pulpits were themselves often 'clowdily enwrapped in allegoricall devises'. In effect, routine churchgoing prepared Spenser's first readers to enjoy and interpret The Faerie Queene. A wealth of relevant quotations invites readers to adopt an Elizabethan mindset and encounter the poem afresh. The 'chronicle history' cantos, Florimell's adventures andMercilla's judgment on Duessa all come into sharper focus when juxtaposed with contemporary religious rhetoric. -- .

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Author:   Margaret Christian
Publisher:   Manchester University Press
Imprint:   Manchester University Press
ISBN:  

9781526139504


ISBN 10:   1526139502
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   07 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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Margaret Christian is Associate Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley Campus -- .

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