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Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis: A Context for the Faerie Queene

Margaret Christian


Edmund Spenser and the first readers of The Faerie Queene routinely heard their national concerns—epidemics, political plotting, recent Tudor history—discussed in biblical terms. This book samples contemporary sermons, homilies, and liturgies to demonstrate that religious rhetoric, with its routine use of biblical types (for Elizabeth, the Spanish threat, and Mary Stuart, among many others) trained Spenser’s original readers to understand The Faerie Queene’s allegorical method. Accordingly, the first three chapters orient the reader to allegorical and typological reading in biblical commentary ... More

Keywords: Sermons, Allegory, Bible, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719083846
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719083846.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Christian, author
Pennsylvania State University