Chronology
1552
Edmund Spenser probably born either in this year or in 1553 (date deduced from a reference in the Amoretti, sonnet 60), in London, to Elizabeth and John (?) Spenser, about whom nothing is known
1561-69
Attends the newly-founded Merchant Taylors School, in London, probably entering as one of the poor men's sons, who pays no admission. Is a student of the school's Headmaster, the famous educational theorist Richard Mulcaster.In 1569, while still at the school, Spenser publishes twenty-two translations from Joachim du Bellay and a French translation of Petrarch in Jan Ver der Noodt's anti-Catholic Theatre for Worldings.
1569-76
Attends Pembroke College, Cambridge, as a Sizar, or scholarship student. Receives his B.A. in 1573, and his M.A. in 1576.
1578
Becomes secretary to the former Master of Pembroke College, John Young, now bishop of Rochester.
1579
Publishes The Shepheardes Calender anonymously. Marries Machabyas Childe on October 27. Joins the household of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, where he meets Leicester's nephew Sir Philip Sidney.
1580
Appointed secretary to the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Arthur, Lord Grey de Wilton.Arrives in Dublin on August 12.
1581-88
Holds the Clerkship in Chancery for Faculties; as Clerk, Spenser oversees ecclesiastical licenses and dispensations.
1582-84
Lord Grey leaves Ireland, but Spenser stays, leasing New Abbey, a house south of Dublin, near the great Bog of Allen. Sometime before 1582, a son, Sylvanus, is bom. In summer of 1584, Spenser becomes deputy to Lodowick Bryskett, Clerk of the Council of Munster, and a friend of Sidney's.
1588-89
Acquires estate in Munster, Kilcolman. Possibly a daughter, Katherine, bom around this time. Friendship with Sir Walter

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  • Edmund Spenser *
  • Edmund Spenser *
  • Contents *
  • Editor's Note ix
  • Introduction 1
  • The Structure of Imagery in "The Faerie Queene" 23
  • The Structure of Allegory in Books I and II of "The Faerie Queene" 41
  • Mutability and the Theme of Process 57
  • The Marriage of the Thames and Medway 73
  • Gardens of Adonis 81
  • The Bower of Bliss 97
  • The "Mutabilitie Cantos": Archaism and Evolution in Retrospect 111
  • Allegory and Pastoral in "The Shepheardes Calender" 141
  • Imagery and Prophecy in "The Faerie Queene" 161
  • The Romance of Romance 181
  • Spenser and the City: the Minor Poems 191
  • Mythologies and Metrics in Spenser 211
  • The Image of Source in "The Faerie Queene" 219
  • "Astrophel" 239
  • "The Footing of His Feet": Spenser's Early Error 251
  • Envy in the Middest of the 1596 "Faerie Queene" 267
  • Chronology 285
  • Contributors 287
  • Bibliography 289
  • Acknowledgments 295
  • Index 297
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