Queenship and Power
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Spenser’s Heavenly Elizabeth

Providential History in The Faerie Queene

Authors: Stump, Donald

  • 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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  • Due: December 12, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27115-2
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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.

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: December 12, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27115-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: November 14, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27114-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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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
XI, 392
Number of Illustrations
4 illustrations in colour
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