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Spenser, Marlowe, and the English Search for Asian Silk

Spenser, Marlowe, and the English Search for Asian Silk

Chapter:
(p.183) Chapter 9 Spenser, Marlowe, and the English Search for Asian Silk
Source:
Trade and Romance
Author(s):
Michael Murrin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071602.003.0010

This chapter concerns the agents of the Muscovy Company who went to Central Asia and Iran, and the way Spenser and Marlowe registered their activities. There was then an intimate connection between merchants’ representations of space in their reports and the literary representations of space, both of which assumed a culture of risk. The chapter show the remarkable journeys and the hardships of the agents of the Muscovy Company. Their adventures affected the settings and heroic actions Spenser relates in The Faerie Queene and Marlowe in Tamburlaine (Part One). Risk unites them.

Keywords:   Muscovy Company, joint-stock, risk, Volga, Caspian, Iran, Jenkinson, Armenians, Atrocities

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