Edmund Spenser’s War on Lord Burghley

  • Authors
  • Bruce Danner

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Bruce Danner
      Pages 1-27
  3. The 1590 Faerie Queene and the Origins of ‘a mighty Peres displeasure’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Bruce Danner
      Pages 31-48
  4. The Complaints and ‘the man … of whom the Muse is scorned’

  5. After the Complaints

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Bruce Danner
      Pages 207-222
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 223-264

About this book


Edmund Spenser's censored attacks on Lord Burghley (Elizabeth I's powerful first minister) serve as the basis for a reassessment of the poet's mid-career, challenging the dates of canonical texts, the social and personal contexts for scandalous topical allegories, and the new historicist portrait of Spenser's 'worship' of power and state ideology.


fiction ideology knowledge poetics rhetoric time Virgil

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