Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis

Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis A Context for The Faerie Queene - The Manchester Spenser

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Synopsis

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'. Spenser's allegory and Elizabethan biblical exegesis 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, the Souldan episode, Mercilla's judgment on Duessa and even the two stanzas that close the Mutabilitie fragment, all come into sharper focus when juxtaposed with contemporary religious rhetoric.

Book information

ISBN: 9780719083846
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 448g
Height: 146mm
Width: 222mm
Spine width: 25mm