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Spenser, Edmund
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(c. 1552, London – Jan 16, 1599, London). For centuries Spenser, the son of a clothmaker, has been among the luminaries of English poetry. As a scholarship student at Cambridge, he became known through his friendship with the poet P. Sidney, to whom he dedicated his “Shepherd’s Calendar” in 1579 and whose early death he lamented in his classic elegy “Astrophel” (1586). Thanks to his relationship with Sidney and his friends, who were close to the court, Spenser was appointed admini…

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Meller, Horst, “Spenser, Edmund”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025670>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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