Chapter

Introduction

Eric Klingelhofer

in Castles and Colonists

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082467
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702505 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082467.003.0001
Introduction

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The epigraph presented at the beginning of this chapter reveals Edmund Spenser's image of Man's creation as a divine plan to colonize that ‘waste and empty place’ forfeited by the Fallen Angels, a clear metaphor for Elizabeth's policy of settling Ireland with English Protestants. This book cannot fully satisfy the rising demands for information on southern Ireland's Plantation Period, Elizabethan material culture, or the personal lives of Edmund Spenser and other Renaissance figures. It is intended, rather, to present the views on the topic to a knowledgeable audience in Ireland and Britain, while informing the wider, literary-based readership of the Manchester Spenser series.

Keywords: Elizabethan material culture; English Protestants; Edmund Spenser; Man's creation; Ireland; Britain

Chapter.  1447 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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