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This groundbreaking ebook combines literary interpretation, gender research, and cultural, political, and diplomatic background to envision how Elizabeth I used the discourse of affection to set up her political energy, assert her correct to marry or now not, and rule the rustic herself both way.

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If a patron had literary talent or a discriminating literary sensibility, as Elizabeth assuredly did, then trying to earn her admiration and support could be a provocation to excellence, rather like a talented student hoping to impress a professor with a well-written paper. Walter Ralegh won the queen’s favor and the court’s resentment with his poetic persuasion and brilliant conversation. Edmund Spenser received an annual pension from the queen for writing his allegorical epic, The Art of Poetry, the Art of Courtship 13 The Faerie Queene, which placed Elizabeth at the center of the Elizabethan literary scene.

The supreme compliment of assuming that she will read The Art through to the very end, Puttenham makes his final plea for a place in her service. While ostensibly describing “the beauty and gallantness” of the poet’s “language and style,” Puttenham presents a mini-allegory of his own selffashioning: pulling him first from the cart to the school, and thence to the court, and preferred him to your Majesty’s service, in that place of great honor and magnificence to give entertainment to princes, ladies of honor, gentlewomen, 16 Elizabeth I and gentlemen .

While ostensibly describing “the beauty and gallantness” of the poet’s “language and style,” Puttenham presents a mini-allegory of his own selffashioning: pulling him first from the cart to the school, and thence to the court, and preferred him to your Majesty’s service, in that place of great honor and magnificence to give entertainment to princes, ladies of honor, gentlewomen, 16 Elizabeth I and gentlemen . . that being now lately become a courtier, he show not himself a craftsman, and merit to be disgraded, and with scorn sent back again to the shop or other place of his first faculty and calling, that so wisely and discreetly he behave himself as he may worthily retain the credit of his place and profession of a very courtier, which is, in plain terms, cunningly to be able to dissemble.

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