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William Byrd: New Reflections

Philip Brett

in William Byrd and His Contemporaries

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247581
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247581.003.0009
William Byrd: New Reflections

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This chapter compares William Byrd to the poet Edmund Spenser. It explains that both played important roles in building and enhancing the culture of the Elizabethan court, the one with elaborately devised poems and romances which created an almost Arthurian atmosphere in this Tudor setting. Byrd and Spenser also both had a historical sense and were involved to one degree or another with the work of their predecessors.

Keywords: William Byrd; Edmund Spenser; poet; Elizabethan court; poems; romances; Arthurian atmosphere; historical sense

Chapter.  2493 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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