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The Audience of The Faerie Queene

The Audience of The Faerie Queene

(p.207) Chapter 10 The Audience of The Faerie Queene
Trade and Romance
Michael Murrin
University of Chicago Press

This chapter returns to a subject discussed in Chapter 3: the mixed audience for romances. This mixed audience continued to exist in the age of print 200 years later. In fact, the commercial classes had been more faithful than the aristocrats, who lost interest in romances for a period. After Spenser’s death, a new situation developed, and the upper classes claimed the poet for themselves, even while they turned against the other popular romances of the day that came from Portugal and Spain and had by this time flooded the publishing market.

Keywords:   merchants, aristocrats, Calahorra, Beaumont

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