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Dan Geffrey with the New Poete

This is a much-needed volume that brings together established and early career scholars to provide new critical approaches to the relationship between Geoffrey Chaucer and Edmund Spenser. By reading one of the greatest poets of the Middle Ages alongside one of the greatest poets of the English Renaissance, this collection poses questions about poetic authority, influence and the nature of intertextual relations in a more wide-ranging manner than ever before. With its dual focus on authors from periods often conceived as radically separate, the collection also responds to current interests in periodisation. This approach will engage academics, researchers and students of medieval and early modern culture.

Foreign relations and internal reforms
Roger Forshaw

Psmatek II (c. 592 BC). This suggests that by this date a governor was now in control of Herakleopolis, rather than the previous ‘Leader of the Fleet’, and the traditional system of the nomes being administered from a major city had now been restored’.101 III  Culture and funerary practices Art, sculpture and archaism in the Saite Period Egyptian visual culture of the Saite Period was little influenced by the brief Assyrian occupation or indeed by early contacts with the Greek city states.102 One of the most salient features of the arts of this period is archaism,103 a

in Egypt of the Saite pharaohs, 664–525 BC
David Doyle

experiences elsewhere were many and real, they are only now subject to a fully disciplined comparative scrutiny, which should be extended to similar work as between the Irish in Britain’s dominions and in the United States.1 Comparisons between these and those of the Irish in Britain are much more problematic.2 Isolation, cultural archaisms and then perception of long repression by Protestant England had given the Irish themselves a merited sense of singularity. Many Irish identified this defensive sensitivity with maintenance of their religious commitment, as England was

in Irish Catholic identities
Dandies, cross-dressers and freaks in late-Victorian Gothic
Catherine Spooner

its authors towards extravagant dress: Horace Walpole, the originator of the Gothic novel, greeted guests at Strawberry Hill wearing an elaborate cravat and a pair of gloves embroidered to the elbows that had belonged to James I. Walpole’s camp nostalgia, which led him to affect elaborate archaisms in his dress as well as collect kitsch antiquities, can be thought of as an antecedent of Aestheticism

in Fashioning Gothic bodies
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The vocabulary of The Faerie Queene
Richard Danson Brown

and Andrew Zurcher has been influential in returning critical attention to the language Spenser uses, particularly in terms of the materiality of Renaissance words, and Spenser's adaptation of legal idioms. 9 Both their studies extend historical understanding of The Faerie Queene whilst refocusing attention on issues of form and word choice and the values associated with such usages. My approach is both more traditional and (I hope) differently radical in its focus on lexis. This discussion entails consideration of traditional topics, such as archaism and

in The art of The Faerie Queene
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The birth and growth of major religions

What do we really know of the origins and first spread of major monotheistic religions, once we strip away the myths and later traditions that developed? Creating God uses modern critical historical scholarship alongside archaeology to describe the times and places which saw the emergence of Mormonism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism. What was the social, economic and political world in which they began, and the framework of other contemporary religious movements in which they could flourish? What was their historical background and what was their geographical setting? Written from a secular viewpoint, the author reveals where a scholarly approach to the history of religions may diverge from the assumptions of faith, and shows the value of comparing different movements and different histories in one account. Throughout history, many individuals have believed that they were in direct contact with a divine source, receiving direction to spread a religious message. A few persuaded others and developed a following, and a small minority of such movements grew into full religions. In time, these movements developed, augmented, selected and invented their own narratives of foundation: stories about the founders’ lives and the early stages in which their religious group emerged. Modern critical scholarship helps us understand something of how a successful religion could emerge, thrive and begin the journey to become a world faith. This book presents a narrative to interest, challenge and intrigue readers interested in the beginnings of some of the most powerful ideas that have influenced human history.

This book is the first ever concordance to the rhymes of Spenser’s epic. It gives the reader unparalleled access to the formal nuts and bolts of this massive poem: the rhymes which he used to structure its intricate stanzas.

As well as the main concordance to the rhymes, the volume features a wealth of ancillary materials, which will be of value to both professional Spenserians and students, including distribution lists and an alphabetical listing of all the words in The Faerie Queene. The volume breaks new ground by including two studies by Richard Danson Brown and J. B. Lethbridge, so that the reader is given provocative analyses alongside the raw data about Spenser as a rhymer. Brown considers the reception of rhyme, theoretical models and how Spenser’s rhymes may be reading for meaning. Lethbridge in contrast discusses the formulaic and rhetorical character of the rhymes.

David Matthews

medieval English does so without making it clear that, to him, this English is in fact ‘pleasaunt, easy and playne’, 140 Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries in Skelton’s words. We are left with the paradox that those who comment on the archaism of the English of a century before do so in order to show their own easy mastery of the ‘difficult’ author in question. In the context of these larger questions, in this chapter I am concerned not so much with Tudor England as with the role of William Caxton, a figure interstitial between the writers of the later

in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

Ralph Knevet's Supplement of the Faery Queene (1635) is a narrative and allegorical work, which weaves together a complex collection of tales and episodes, featuring knights, ladies, sorcerers, monsters, vertiginous fortresses and deadly battles – a chivalric romp in Spenser's cod medieval style. The poem shadows recent English history, and the major military and political events of the Thirty Years War. But the Supplement is also an ambitiously intertextual poem, weaving together materials from mythic, literary, historical, scientific, theological, and many other kinds of written sources. Its encyclopaedic ambitions combine with Knevet's historical focus to produce an allegorical epic poem of considerable interest and power.

This new edition of Knevet's Supplement, the first scholarly text of the poem ever published, situates it in its literary, historical, biographical, and intellectual contexts. An extensive introduction and copious critical commentary, positioned at the back of the book, will enable students and scholars alike to access Knevet's complicated and enigmatic meanings, structures, and allusions.

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The Algerian war and the ‘emancipation’ of Muslim women, 1954–62
Author: Neil Macmaster

In May 1958, and four years into the Algerian War of Independence, a revolt again appropriated the revolutionary and republican symbolism of the French Revolution by seizing power through a Committee of Public Safety. This book explores why a repressive colonial system that had for over a century maintained the material and intellectual backwardness of Algerian women now turned to an extensive programme of 'emancipation'. After a brief background sketch of the situation of Algerian women during the post-war decade, it discusses the various factors contributed to the emergence of the first significant women's organisations in the main urban centres. It was only after the outbreak of the rebellion in 1954 and the arrival of many hundreds of wives of army officers that the model of female interventionism became dramatically activated. The French military intervention in Algeria during 1954-1962 derived its force from the Orientalist current in European colonialism and also seemed to foreshadow the revival of global Islamophobia after 1979 and the eventual moves to 'liberate' Muslim societies by US-led neo-imperialism in Afghanistan and Iraq. For the women of Bordj Okhriss, as throughout Algeria, the French army represented a dangerous and powerful force associated with mass destruction, brutality and rape. The central contradiction facing the mobile socio-medical teams teams was how to gain the trust of Algerian women and to bring them social progress and emancipation when they themselves were part of an army that had destroyed their villages and driven them into refugee camps.