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By Kingsley-Smith

Cupid grew to become a well-liked determine within the literary and visible tradition of post-Reformation England. He served to articulate and debate the hot Protestant idea of wish, inspiring a gloomy model of affection tragedy during which Cupid kills. yet he used to be additionally implicated in different controversies, because the item of idolatrous, Catholic worship and as an adversary to woman rule: Elizabeth I's encounters with Cupid have been a very important characteristic of her image-construction and altered subtly all through her reign. masking a wide selection of fabric akin to work, logos and jewelry, yet focusing usually on poetry and drama, together with works by means of Sidney, Shakespeare, Marlowe and Spenser, Kingsley-Smith illuminates the Protestant fight to classify and keep an eye on hope and the ways that Cupid disrupted this approach. An unique viewpoint on early glossy wish, the publication will attract a person attracted to the literature, drama, gender politics and paintings historical past of the English Renaissance.

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