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Jean R. Brink

This chapter explains that the Elizabethan grammar school education, which Spenser and Shakespeare would have received, involved learning to read Latin texts in Latin and to engage in double translation, i.e., sophisticated exercises in translating from Latin to English and back again. Brink surveys the unusually liberal education that Spenser would have received at Merchant Taylors’ School and suggests that Richard Mulcaster influenced Spenser’s decision to write in English. Mulcaster forcefully advocated educating the lower classes and even supported educating women. In this chapter, the reader is introduced to the typological reading encouraged by studying Alexander Nowell’s Catechism. The reader is shown how typological reading is likely to have influenced Spenser’s symbolism in Book I of the Faerie Queene.

in The early Spenser, 1554–80
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Diptych and virtual diptych in Marvell, Milton, Du Bellay and others
Stephen Hinds

the chance and opportunity to excerpt some lines in French by that most illustrious royal poet Pierre de Ronsard, from the Franciade , a French epic which is clearly comparable to Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid . I also wish to make them available to be read by the readers of my commentaries in the Latin translation of Jean Dorat, royal poet and a man endowed with rare learning, so that foreign nations may understand the existence and quality of the geniuses produced by our France, and the extent to which literary works and liberal education flourish amongst

in Conversations