Sidney: The Critical Heritage

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70.

‘J.N.’

1701

This popularization of Arcadia greatly reduces its length and complexity by concentrating on narrative rather than debate and removing most of the heroic sub-plots (one of which, the story of Argalus and Parthenia, was already widely available in chapbook form). Much of the text is taken verbatim, or almost so, from Sidney, but the omissions make for some very different emphases. For instance, the orations at the trial of Gynecia and the princes are subject to ruthless cutting, while the doings of Dametas and his family, which have obvious popular appeal, are more extensively retained. (See, for instance, Dametas’ combat with Clinias (pp. 53-65) and his, Miso’s and Mopsa’s deception by Dorus/Musidorus (pp. 84ff., 96ff.). The concluding part of The Famous History is derived from Beling’s Sixth Book (No. 46).

The second passage below is the much abbreviated equivalent of OA, pp. 309-18. The abbreviation is achieved by the exclusion of all elements which tend to slow the narrative or to elaborate on the characters’ feelings, including the death of the rebels and several long reflective or hortatory speeches by Pamela and Musidorus.

The address to the reader is signed ‘J.N.’


The Famous History of Heroick Acts: or, The Honour of Chivalry. Being an Abstract of Pembroke’s Arcadia, London, 1701, title-page and pp. 109-11.

The Famous History of Heroick Acts or, the Honour of Chivalry. Being an Abstract of Pembroke’s Arcadia. Containing many strange and wonderful Adventures that happened to the two young Princes, Pyrocles and Musidorus, Disguised, one under the habit of a Mazon-ian Woman, and the other in Shepherd’s Dress: With their Success in LOVE, towards the two incomparable Princesses, Philoclea and Pamela, the Arcadian King’s only Daughters. The whole being a compleat Series, interwoven with the Heroick Actions of many Valiant Men, as Kings, Princes, and Knights, of undoubted Fame;

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • General Editor’s Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xiv
  • Abbreviations xvi
  • Note on the Text xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Edward Waterhouse 87
  • 2 - Philip Sidney 88
  • 4 - Edmund Spenser 93
  • Note 94
  • 6 - George Puttenham 96
  • 7 - William Temple 98
  • 8 - Geoffrey Whitney 102
  • 12 - George Whetstone 110
  • 15 - Sir John Harington 115
  • 16 - Thomas Newman 118
  • 18 - Edmund Spenser 127
  • 21 - Thomas Moffet 136
  • 22 - John King 139
  • 24 - Gervase Markham 141
  • 25 - Francis Meres 146
  • Note 147
  • 27 - Ben Jonson 152
  • 29 - Brian Twyne 157
  • 32 - Matthew Gwynne 169
  • 34 - Richard Carew 171
  • 36 - John Day 174
  • Notes 186
  • Note 200
  • 45 - John Donne 211
  • 47 - Upon Sydneis Arcadia 217
  • 48 - Michael Drayton 219
  • 52 - Edmund Waller 227
  • 54 - Richard Lovelace 232
  • 62 - Charles Cotton 259
  • 63 - John Aubrey 260
  • 65 - Edward Phillips 264
  • 66 - Life of Spenser 265
  • 67 - D. Tyndale 266
  • 69 - Anthony Wood 268
  • 70 - ‘j.N.’ 270
  • 71 - D. Stanley 272
  • 72 - Elizabeth Montagu 275
  • 75 - Samuel Johnson 281
  • 76 - ‘philisides’ 283
  • 78 - The History of Argalus and Parthenia 287
  • 79 - The Gentleman’s Magazine 288
  • 80 - Richard Brinsley Sheridan 290
  • 84 - Thomas Zouch 296
  • 85 - The Annual Review and History of Literature for 1808 299
  • 87 - Sir Egerton Brydges 304
  • 89 - William Hazlitt 317
  • 94 - Henry Hallam 335
  • 95 - Isaac D’israeli 337
  • Select Bibliography 350
  • Index 353
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