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Spenser’s Forms of History$
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Bart van Es

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249701

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249701.001.0001

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‘All my Antique Moniments Defaced?’: Chronicles and Missing History

‘All my Antique Moniments Defaced?’: Chronicles and Missing History

(p.21) Chapter 1 ‘All my Antique Moniments Defaced?’: Chronicles and Missing History
Spenser’s Forms of History

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This chapter focuses on the term ‘monument’ and explores the significance of ‘monuments’ as physical remains and moral exemplar. It draws attention to the term's productive polysemy. It discusses that in a wide range of Renaissance chronicles there is a conflict between the competing demands held together in this term. It traces the history of Spenser's use of the word and examines his translations of Du Bellay, as well as at his own work in the mould of the French poet: The Ruines of Time. It presents a reading of the ‘monuments’ in Arthur's chronicle. It then argues for the existence of stresses in the Elizabethan idea of ‘history’: a concept in some ways overburdened by the ideological, moral, and epistemological functions it was made to bear.

Keywords:   monument, Renaissance chronicles, word use, Du Bellay, The Ruines of Time, Arthur's chronicle, Elizabethan idea

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