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Author Clarke, Elizabeth, 1954-

Title Politics, religion and the Song of songs in seventeenth-century England / by Elizabeth Clarke
Published Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011


Description 1 online resource (viii, 265 pages)
Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Royal Brides and National Identity 1603-1625 -- The Mysticall Marriage, Martyrology and Arminianism 1625-1640 -- Emblematic Marriage at the 1630s Court -- From Annotations to Commentary: New Spectacles on the Song of Songs -- The Seventeenth-Century Woman Writer and the Bride -- Politics, Metaphor and the Song of Songs in the 1670s -- Epilogue: Benjamin Keach Rewriting the Bride -- Bibliography -- Index -- € -- €
Royal brides and national identity 1603-1625 -- The bysticall marriage, martyology and Arminianism 1625-1640 -- Emblematic marriage at the 1630s court -- From annotations to commentary: new spectacles on the Song of songs -- The seventeenth-century woman writer and the Bride -- Politics, metaphor and the Song of songs in the 1670s
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
SUBJECT Bible. Song of Solomon -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Song of Solomon -- Influence
Bible. Song of Solomon. fast (OCoLC)fst01892948
Bibeln. G.T. Höga Visan -- analys och tolkning. sao
Bibeln. G.T. Höga Visan -- influenser. sao
Subject RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Old Testament.
RELIGION -- Biblical Studies -- Wisdom Literature.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
SUBJECT England -- Church history -- 17th century.
Subject England.
Storbritannien -- kyrkohistoria -- 1600-talet.
Genre/Form Church history.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780230308657