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Published: 28 October 2016

272 Pages | 1 b/w illus.

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719083846

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Spenserian allegory and Elizabethan biblical exegesis

A context for The Faerie Queene

First Edition

Margaret Christian

Published by Manchester University Press

The Manchester Spenser MUP

  • Transports readers into the mindset of Elizabethans to allow an encounter with The Faerie Queene in a fresh and genuine way
  • Presents a wealth of relevant quotations from contemporary sources to demonstrate that Spenser situates The Faerie Queene within a commonly-agreed framework of biblical allegoresis
  • Juxtaposes Spenserian characters, from queens to courtiers to shepherds, with biblical characters understood to be types for the same Elizabethan figures
  • Offers fresh interpretations of many familiar episodes of The Faerie Queene with support from contemporary sources