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    DescriptionWritten around 1580, Philip Sidney's "Arcadia" is a romance and a love story, set in an ancient and mythical land. But, as Blair Worden now reveals, it is also a commentary on Elizabethan politics. Under the guise of pastoral fiction, Sidney produced a reflection on the misgovernment of Elizabeth I and on the failings of monarchy as a system of government. Blair Worden reconstructs the events amidst which the "Arcadia" was composed. 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. It provoked a radical political dissent which historians and literary critics have missed, and of which the Arcadia" is an expression. "The Sound of Virtue" combines the close analysis of a literary text with the reconstruction of its historical context. It offers an approach to the relationship between the history and literature of the Renaissance.


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    Title
    The Sound of Virtue
    Subtitle
    Philip Sidney's "Arcadia" and Elizabethan Politics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Blair Worden
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 970 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300066937
    ISBN 10: 0300066937
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB, 3JD
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    Ingram Subject Code: LC
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 823.3
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    LC classification: PR2342.A6 W67 1996
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    LC classification: PR2342.A6W
    Thema V1.0: JPA, DSK, FBC, DSBD, DSBC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    facsimiles, portraits
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    31 January 1997
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Back cover copy
    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 amidst 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.