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dc.contributor.authorCanny, Nicholas
dc.identifier.citationCanny, Nicholas (2018). Irish Sources for Spenser’s View. Spenser Studies, 31-32, 495-510. doi: 10.1086/694440en_IE
dc.description.abstractThe first section of the View is widely understood to be influenced by the twelfth-century texts of Gerald of Wales, as transmitted by Richard Stanyhurst in his Plain and Perfect Description of Ireland included in Holinshed (1577). These works describe the Norman intervention in Ireland as a civilizing process. Such an identification of sources is problematic, however, because the ultimate purpose of the View was to discredit Stanyhurst’s argument that Irish-born descendants of the Norman conquerors of Ireland (the so-called “Old English”) should complete that task. This case of problematic sourcing is resolved given that Stanyhurst’s original text reappeared in the 1587 edition of Holinshed’s Chronicle accompanied by some translations from the writings of Gerald of Wales made by John Hooker (an English Protestant antiquarian), and also by Hooker’s own History of Ireland 1546–86, wherein Hooker attributes the disturbed condition of the country to the recalcitrance of Old English lords. This, for Hooker, and also for Spenser, proved that the Irish population of English descent was in greater need of reform than their Gaelic neighbors. Given that this was the novel argument of the View, and given close echoes between Hooker’s description of famine in Munster and similar passages in the View, Hooker’s contribution to the 1587 edition of Holinshed’s Chronicle is arguably the most potent influence on Spenser’s work.en_IE
dc.publisherThe University of Chicago Press Journalsen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofSpenser Studiesen
dc.subjectEdmund Spenseren_IE
dc.subjectIrish sourcesen_IE
dc.titleIrish sources for Spenser's Viewen_IE
dc.local.contactNicholas Canny, -. 3907 Email:

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