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Una and the English Reformation

  • Donald Stump
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Abstract

Chapters  4 6 argue for a more or less chronological “continued Allegory” of Elizabeth’s life in The Faerie Queene. This chapter details the quest of Una and the Redcrosse Knight to slay the dragon afflicting her kingdom, treating it as a representation of the course of events that led to the Elizabethan Settlement in Religion of 1559, as recounted in Foxe’s Actes and Monuments. Recognizing that the quest follows the fitful progress of English reform from Henry VIII to Elizabeth resolves a number of interpretive difficulties, including Spenser’s apparently Catholic view of “holy things,” his allusions to Elizabeth in the figure of Lucifera, his reliance on an seemingly Catholic monastic order to reeducate his hero, and his allusions to the Easter Triduum during the climactic dragon-fight.

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  • Donald Stump
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  1. 1.Saint Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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