Sidney, Spenser, and the Queen

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


Returning to the introductory comparison between Spenser and Sidney, the concluding chapter seeks to explain their sharply contrasting representations of Elizabeth. It examines major personal and situational differences, including the decades when they were writing, the audiences they were addressing, their rank and standing at court, their differing levels of direct experience with the queen, their conceptions of romantic epic, and the spans of history encompassed by their fictions. Above all, the two writers differed in their religious views of Elizabeth, Sidney regarding her as an obstacle to desperately needed military action against England’s Catholic enemies abroad and Spenser celebrating her as an imperfect but resplendent mirror reflecting the light of God to her people at a turning point in the providential history of the world.


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

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