Spenser's Twin Pillars of the Kingdom: Arthur, Elizabeth, and the Medieval Tradition of Translatio Studii et Imperii
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Translatio studii et imperii stood as the governing metaphor and principal method of medieval authors to explain changes in political power and romanticize the past. In this project, I examine medieval and early-modern conceptions of political power in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene and the medieval Arthuriana. Ultimately, I argue that Spenser's careful selection of medieval tropes from Arthurian romances and Chaucer’s poetry expresses a skepticism about the myth of Tudor origins the poet is often credited with popularizing.