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The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory
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The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory

Andrew King

Abstract

Scholarship on Middle English romance has done little to access the textual and bibliographical continuity of this remarkable literary tradition into the 16th century and its impact on Elizabethan works. To an even greater extent, Spenserian scholarship has failed to investigate the significant and complex debts The Faerie Queene owes to medieval native verse romance and Malory's Le Morte D'arthur. This book accordingly offers a comprehensive study of the impact of Middle English romance on The Faerie Queene. It employs the concept of memory, in which both Middle English romance writers and Sp ... More

Keywords: Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Middle English romance, Malory, Le Morte D'arthur, national identity, pre-Reformation romance, Protestant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187226
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew King, author
Dalhousie University