Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-century England Hardback

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Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-century England

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This book investigates a surprising textual and spiritual phenomenon - the huge number of versions of the Song of Songs produced in England in the century and a half after the Reformation. The Biblical book as interpreted by Calvinist commentators is seen to encode metaphorically many of the key Reformation doctrines. The love affair which is the book's main focus is interpreted allegorically (and sometimes absurdly) to advocate a particularly close relationship between the believer and Christ. This way of reading the text became controversial as the seventeenth century proceeded: however, it sustained a Puritan constituency in the religiously-driven warfare and rebellions that took place in England. The widespread nature of the metaphor of the Bride for the holy soul, especially as she was the author of much of the poetry of the Song, encouraged women to pick up the pen in an age when authorship was thought of as male.

Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-century England by Elizabeth Clarke was published by Palgrave Macmillan in February 2011. The ISBN for Politics, Religion and the Song of Songs in Seventeenth-century England is 9780333714119.

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Page last updated 6th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (February 2011)
Weight447g
Number of Pages280
Thickness22 mm
Height224 mm
Width143 mm
ISBN9780333714119
ISBN-100333714113
Product Code3472228
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