Baffling the Blatant Beast: Robert Persons' Anti-Appellant Rhetoric, 1601-1602
Houliston, Victor, The Catholic Historical Review
In Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene, BookVI (published in 1596), Sir Calidore, the patron knight of courtesy, is commissioned to baffle the Blatant Beast of slander and repair the damage he has caused. In an ecclesiastical context, it appears that Spenser primarily identifies the Blatant Beast with iconoclasm:
Through all estates he found that he had past,
In which he many massacres had left,
And to the Clergy now was come at last;
In which such spoile, such hauocke, and such theft
He wrought, that thence all goodnesse he bereft,
That endlesse were to tell. The Elfin Knight,
Who now no place besides vnsought had left,
At length …
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Publication information: Article title: Baffling the Blatant Beast: Robert Persons' Anti-Appellant Rhetoric, 1601-1602. Contributors: Houliston, Victor - Author. Journal title: The Catholic Historical Review. Volume: 90. Issue: 3 Publication date: July 2004. Page number: 439+. © 2003 The Catholic University of America Press. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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