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‘The fantastic ethnography’ of Sir Walter Ralegh and Baconian experimentalism
Line Cottegnies

virgin Queen. 58 It is the verbal agility and allegorical imagination of the poet Sir Walter Ralegh that comes to the fore here, as this vision suggests strong Spenserian associations. In the final lines, the ‘Shepherd of the Ocean’ (as Spenser had hailed Ralegh), 59 offers an allegorical reading of the New World as a romance fairyland. Critics have often used such moments in

in A knight’s legacy
The crucial year
David Wallace

with the powers of Scotland and Spain. 16 Millennial fears, in the approach to 1600, segued into misgivings over the end of a very long reign; Westminster courtiers, unnerved by the ageing and decaying body of a virgin queen, hurried north to negotiate. Fearful imaginings conjured what might descend upon England from Scotland: the unknown absolutist offspring of a murdered Catholic queen. ‘The end crowns

in Love, history and emotion in Chaucer and Shakespeare