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‘By Cyphers, or by Magicke Mighf’: Prophecy and History

Bart van Es

in Spenser’s Forms of History

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199249701
eISBN:
9780191719332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249701.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines the attempts made to extend beyond historical endings through the practice of ‘political prophecy’. It is concerned with the changeable reading of old histories. It shows how ... More


‘Perpetuall Reformation’ in Book V of Spenser’s Faerie Queene

Virginia Lee Strain

in Legal Reform in English Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474416290
eISBN:
9781474444903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416290.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter offers a close reading of Book V of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, which represents the reformation of law in terms of both its equitable correction and its administration. The Knight of ... More


Hierarchic architecture in The Faerie Queene

Robert Lanier Reid

in Renaissance Psychologies: Spenser and Shakespeare

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781526109170
eISBN:
9781526121134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526109170.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Christian Platonic hierarchy shapes Spenser’s epic: a hierarchic family triad, three stages of fall and of recovery. Spenser radically revises this allegory, blamingman, whomwoman lovingly seeks to ... More


“Waues of weary wretchednesse”: Florimell and the sea

Margaret Christian

in Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis: A Context for the Faerie Queene

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719083846
eISBN:
9781526121042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719083846.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines sermon uses of the image of the sea and the ship to demonstrate that the ocean, for Elizabethans, represented not only a realm of magic and fertility but also the spiritual ... More


Resisting Translation: Britomart in Book 3 of Spenser’s Faerie Queene

Harry Berger Jr.

David Lee Miller (ed.)

in Resisting Allegory: Interpretive Delirium in Spenser's Faerie Queene

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780823285631
eISBN:
9780823288861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823285631.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines the manifestation of the “castration principle” in the legend of Britomart. Its power is explicitly invested not only in the allegorical and magical violence of antipoetic ... More


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