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Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical ExegesisA Context for the Faerie Queene$
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Margaret Christian

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719083846

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719083846.001.0001

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“Waues of weary wretchednesse”: Florimell and the sea

“Waues of weary wretchednesse”: Florimell and the sea

(p.104) 5“Waues of weary wretchednesse”: Florimell and the sea1
Spenserian Allegory and Elizabethan Biblical Exegesis

Margaret Christian

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines sermon uses of the image of the sea and the ship to demonstrate that the ocean, for Elizabethans, represented not only a realm of magic and fertility but also the spiritual dangers of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Sermons by Stephen Gosson, Richard Madox, Robert Wilkinson (among others) as well as Geneva Bible illustrations and glosses, provide parallels for Britomart’s lament at III.iv and a key to the moral meaning of the various settings of Florimell’s adventures: her near-rape by the fisherman, imprisonment by Proteus at III.viii-ix, and rescue by Cymoent in IV.xii. The sea setting sharpens the point of narrative references to divine intervention, and the sermons show how these episodes’ sea settings make sense for Spenser’s dramatizing the incompleteness of the single life that propels men and women toward their destiny of married love.

Keywords:   Sea imagery, Stephen Gosson, Richard Madox, Robert Wilkinson, Lust, Marriage, Britomart, Florimell

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