The Sound of Virtue: Philip Sidney's 'Arcadia' and Elizabethan Politics

The Sound of Virtue: Philip Sidney's 'Arcadia' and Elizabethan Politics

by Blair Worden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300066937

ISBN-13: 9780300066937

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Yale University Press

Written around 1580, Philip Sidney's 'Arcadia' is a romance, a love story, a work of wit and enchantment set in an ancient and mythical land. But, as Blair Worden now startlingly reveals, it is also a grave and urgent commentary on Elizabethan politics. Under the protective guise of pastoral fiction, Sidney produced a searching reflection on the misgovernment of

Overview

Written around 1580, Philip Sidney's 'Arcadia' is a romance, a love story, a work of wit and enchantment set in an ancient and mythical land. But, as Blair Worden now startlingly reveals, it is also a grave and urgent commentary on Elizabethan politics. Under the protective guise of pastoral fiction, Sidney produced a searching reflection on the misgovernment of Elizabeth I and on the failings of monarchy as a system of government.

Blair Worden reconstructs the dramatic events admidst which the 'Arcadia' was composed and shows for the first time how profound is their presence in it. The Queen's failure to resist the Catholic advance at home and abroad, and her apparent resolve to marry the Catholic heir to the French throne, seemed likely to bring tyranny and persecution to England. Her policies provoked a radical political dissent which historians and literary critics have missed, and of which the 'Arcadia' is the most penetrating and eloquent expression.

'The Sound of Virtue' combines, in a manner and on a scale never before attempted, the close analysis of a literary text with the scholarly reconstruction of its historical context. It transforms our understanding of Sidney's masterpiece and offers a new approach to the relationship between the history and literature of the Renaissance.

Blair Worden was Fellow and Tutor in History at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, between 1974 and 1995, and is now Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Sussex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300066937
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi(2)
List of Abbreviations xiii(2)
The Principal Characters (The Old Arcadia) xv(1)
Synopsis (The Old Arcadia) xvi(3)
Preface xix
PART ONE: POETRY AND PRECEPT 3(38)
1 Teaching and Delight
3(20)
2 Virtue and Religion
23(18)
PART TWO: THE CONTEXT 41(86)
3 Sidney's Loyalties
41(17)
4 An Unelected Vocation
58(13)
5 A Losing Cause
71(18)
6 The Anjou Match
89(26)
7 Standing Alone
115(12)
PART THREE: ANALOGIES 127(82)
8 Three Crises of Counsel
127(19)
9 The Reign of Basilius
146(26)
10 Mary Queen of Scots
172(12)
11 The Death of Basilius
184(25)
PART FOUR: POLITICAL THOUGHT 209(88)
12 Monarchal Dissipations
209(18)
13 Forms of Government
227(26)
14 History Lessons
253(13)
15 On Ister Bank
266(15)
16 Resistance
281(16)
PART FIVE: LOVE AND POLITICS 297(58)
17 Falling in Love
297(23)
18 Public and Private Respects
320(21)
19 Causeless Yieldings
341(14)
Appendix A: Greville, Sidney and the Two Arcadias 355(15)
Appendix B: Sir John Hayward and the Old Arcadia 370(2)
Appendix C: Philisides' Fable 372(5)
Bibliography 377(10)
Index 387

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