A Fig for Fortune by Anthony Copley: A Catholic Response to by Susannah Brietz Monta

By Susannah Brietz Monta

Anthony Copley's A Fig for Fortune used to be the 1st significant poetic reaction to Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. Written through a Catholic Englishman with an uneasy dating to the English regime, A Fig for Fortune deals a deeply contestatory, richly imagined solution to sixteenth-century England's maximum poem. via its refined reaction to Spenser, A Fig for Fortune demanding situations a latest literary tradition within which Protestant conduct of notion and illustration have been gaining dominance. This booklet includes the poem's first scholarly version. It bargains a gently annotated variation of the 2000-line poem, an summary of English Catholic historical past within the 16th century, a whole biography of Anthony Copley, an review of his engagement with Spenser's Faerie Queene, and knowledge at the book's early print heritage. large help for pupil readers makes it attainable to educate Copley's poem along The Faerie Queene for the 1st time.

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