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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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‘It seemed another worlde to beholde’: Native Romance, History, and Book II of The Faerie Queene

‘It seemed another worlde to beholde’: Native Romance, History, and Book II of The Faerie Queene

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(p.160) 7 ‘It seemed another worlde to beholde’: Native Romance, History, and Book II of The Faerie Queene
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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/9780198187226.003.0007

This chapter examines Book II of The Faerie Queene where Spenser's incorporation of native romance shifts from the question of salvation to the projected union of history and romance in relation to Britain. The providential scheme for the determination of human lives in Book I is extended into Book II's investigation of British history. This chapter seeks to answer the following questions: How does the Calvinist emphasis on human depravity square with a vision of national redemption, especially in a Book concerned with temperance? How reliable is memory as a guide to one's sense of history as a revelatory of providence? How adaptable are the Arthurian historical materials to a providential historical discourse, particularly in the Tudor era?

Keywords:   The Faerie Queene, native romance, salvation, history, British history, memory, providence, Tudor era

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