The Queen in Her Glory

  • Donald Stump
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Spenser’s representations of the aging Elizabeth center on plots against her by supporters of Mary Stuart, which led to a dramatic trial and execution, war with Spain, and national hardships in the 1590s. These events are figured in Britomart’s rescue of Artegall from Radigund, Mercilla’s trial of Duessa, Arthur and Artegall’s triumph over the Souldan, and Cynthia’s arrest by Mutabilitie. This chapter argues that, though Spenser praises Elizabeth’s late policies in Ireland and the Netherlands and her opposition to the sexual license and Catholic subversion represented by Paridell, he criticized the queen’s reluctance to execute Mary and her vain attempt at peace talks with Philip II. Resemblances between his portraits of the queen and Dame Nature demonstrate that he was not alienated from Elizabeth in his final years.


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  • Donald Stump
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  1. 1.Saint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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