This is a study of ideas and emotions which were originally felt and formulated in a world very different from our own. To remove some of the more artificial obstacles which four centuries have raised between these alien attitudes and modern readers, sixteenth-century spelling and punctuation have been modernized throughout. All passages in modern foreign languages have also been translated, by the author unless otherwise indicated.
I should like to thank Professor Arthur Ferguson for shrewd suggestions and frank criticisms. I should also like to express my gratitude to the staffs of the Duke University Library, the reading rooms of the British Museum, and the Folger Shakespeare Library for the use of their collections and for their unfailing helpfulness and courtesy.
A. J. E.