Chivalry, Nobility, and Romance: Richard Hurd and the Ideal Elizabethan Past

  • Jurriaan van Santvoort
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


In 1762, when Richard Hurd (1720–1808) published a small work of historical-literary criticism, this was for him not the start of a long career in literary endeavor or scholarship. While not seeking a career in literary scholarship, Hurd’s two volumes of commentary were hugely successful, going through six editions in just a few years. Thomas Warton (1728–1790) revised his influential Observations on the Fearie Queene of Spenser (1754) after reading Hurd’s third Dialogue, on the Age of Queen Elizabeth. This chapter examines Hurd’s Elizabethan past, in which the monarchy, in the person of Elizabeth, and the nobility were in a balance of political power, while chivalry and romance formed the cultural and literary norms.


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  • Jurriaan van Santvoort
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  1. 1.Brighton CollegeBrightonUK

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