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  David Calderwood Spenser’s Veue of the Present State of Ireland  

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The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume VII. Cavalier and Puritan.

IX. Historical and Political Writings.

§ 10. Irish history.


In the works dealing with Irish history from the Elizabethan age to the time of the Cromwellian settlement, it is, of course, difficult to separate the historical and political elements from each other; or, rather, the former are dominated by the latter. Of these works, the most celebrated has been reserved for a notice in this place. Spenser’s Veue of the Present State of Ireland possesses a great biographical interest; while it supplements, or illustrates one of the books of The Faerie Queene—the Vth, containing the legend of Artegall, or Justice—which seeks to immortalise the poet’s patron as the incarnation of the policy advocated by the poet himself as the only cure for “Ierne’s ills.”  12    16

Note 12. See the striking argument that there is an extraordinarily close parallel between the Veue and the two cantos of Mutabilitie, the chief burden of the former being the need for consistency in the policy to be pursued by the crown in Ireland, in C. Litton Falkiner’s interesting essay, “Spenser in Ireland,” in Essays relating to Ireland (1909), pp. 26, 27. [ back ]

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