The Sound of Virtue

Politics in Philip Sidney's Arcadia
Author(s): 
Worden, Blair
ISBN: 
0300066937
Date published: 
January 1996
Paperback
Price: 
£40.00
Pages: 
432

Written around 1580, Philip Sidney's Arcadia is a romance, a love story, a work of wit and enchantment set in an ancient and mythical land. But, as Blair Worden now startlingly reveals, it is also a grave and urgent commentary on Elizabethan politics. Under the protective guise of pastoral fiction, Sidney produced a searching reflection on the misgovernment of Elizabeth I and on the failings of monarchy as a system of government.