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Queenship and Power

Spenser’s Heavenly Elizabeth

Providential History in The Faerie Queene

Authors: Stump, Donald

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  • Offers a major new interpretation of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene
  • Presents the necessary sixteenth-century context to understand The Faerie Queene as historical allegory
  • Argues that Spenser’s storytelling teaches nobility through fairy history, as the Bible teaches godliness through Hebrew history
  • Compares Edmund Spenser with Sir Philip Sidney, exploring their disagreements over the queen and her place in the providential order of history
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About this book

This book reveals the queen behind Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Placing Spenser’s epic poem in the context of the tumultuous sixteenth century, Donald Stump offers a groundbreaking reading of the poem as an allegory of Elizabeth I’s life. By narrating the loves and wars of an Arthurian realm that mirrors Elizabethan England, Spenser explores the crises that shaped Elizabeth’s reign: her break with the pope to create a reformed English Church, her standoff with Mary, Queen of Scots, offensives against Irish rebels and Spanish troops, confrontations with assassins and foreign invaders, and the apocalyptic expectations of the English people in a time of national transformation. Brilliantly reconciling moral and historicist readings, this volume offers a major new interpretation of The Faerie Queene.

About the authors

Donald Stump is Professor of English at Saint Louis University, USA. His publications include Elizabeth I and Her Age and Elizabeth I and the ‘Sovereign Arts,’ along with numerous articles on Renaissance literature and the Spenser and Sidney World Bibliographies. With Carole Levin, he founded the Queen Elizabeth I Society.

Reviews

“Seldom have I read a book on Spenser's Faerie Queene so erudite, adroit, and able to correct our usual readings of Spenser's treatment of Elizabeth and the Reformation. Beautifully written, this is a book to treasure.” (Anne Lake Prescott, Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of English Emerita, Barnard College, USA)

“A remarkable study. Stump’s refusal of simplistic explanations allows the reader to reach a real understanding both of the Queen, and of Spenser’s motivation and method in portraying her. Scrupulous and detailed, Stump’s book shows us Elizabeth’s England as interpreted by the only poet she—rightly—rewarded with a pension.” (Roger Kuin, Professor of English Emeritus, York University, UK)

“This book makes an original, penetrating case for reading The Faerie Queene as a historical allegory. It’s the most persuasive and illuminating attempt I’ve seen to understand the poem as an historically specific document, and it should become an essential resource for understanding Spenser’s account of sixteenth-century history.” (William A. Oram, Helen Means Professor of English Emeritus, Smith College, USA)

“This book reveals the queen behind Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene. Placing Spenser’s epic poem in the context of the tumultuous sixteenth century, Donald Stump offers a groundbreaking reading of the poem as an allegory of Elizabeth I’s life. By narrating the loves and wars of an Arthurian realm that mirrors Elizabethan England, Spenser explores the crises that shaped Elizabeth’s reign: her break with the pope to create a reformed English Church, her standoff with Mary, Queen of Scots, offensives against Irish rebels and Spanish troops, confrontations with assassins and foreign invaders, and the apocalyptic expectations of the English people in a time of national transformation. Brilliantly reconciling moral and historicist readings, this volume offers a major new interpretation of The Faerie Queene.” (Donald Stump is Professor of English at Saint Louis University, USA)

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 59,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27115-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 72,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27114-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spenser’s Heavenly Elizabeth
Book Subtitle
Providential History in The Faerie Queene
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27115-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27115-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27114-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 337
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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