Epideictic Function of the Historical Narrative in J. Higgins’ Versified Monologues («The Mirror for Magistrates») and in E. Spenser’s «Briton Moniments» («The Faerie Queene», Book II, Canto X)

The article compares a part of Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene” and the monologues added to “The Mirror for Magistrates” by J. Higgins. No one has published in Russian a comparison of these two works. This article establishes Elizabethan notions of the functions of historical writing as a theoretical context of the study. Since moralizing and praising were regarded as the main functions of history and historical poetry, the realisation of epideictic and didactic functions in the texts concerned became the subject of our analysis.

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