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

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187226

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.001.0001

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The ‘Reformation’ of Native Romance in The Faerie Queene, Book I

The ‘Reformation’ of Native Romance in The Faerie Queene, Book I

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(p.126) 6 The ‘Reformation’ of Native Romance in The Faerie Queene, Book I
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The Faerie Queene and Middle English Romance: The Matter of Just Memory
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Andrew King

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187226.003.0006

This chapter investigates the use of native romance in Book I of The Faerie Queene to understand Spenser's strategy in creating a Protestant romance-epic. It examines two aspects of Spenser's ‘reformation’ of native romance: allegory and use of chivalric romance mode. It begins with one instance of Spenser's use of native romance in Book I, the dragon-fight. It then considers the figures of Redcrosse and Una and their intertextual relation to comparable figures from native romance.

Keywords:   native romance, The Faerie Queene, Protestant romance-epic, reformation, allegory, chivalric romance mode, Redcrosse, Una

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