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date: 22 October 2019

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This article analyzes Spenser's A Vewe of the Presente State of Ireland. A manuscript of nearly 70,000 words entitled ‘A vewe of the presente state of Ireland discoursed by waye of a dialogue between Eudoxus and Irenius’ was entered in the Stationer's Register on 14 April 1598 by Matthew Lownes, who would go on to publish many volumes of works by Edmund Spenser beginning in 1609. The form of the dialogue is crucial to the effect of opening up topics, as is the mismatch between the first half of the dialogue, concerned with kinds of law, and the second half with its military strategy and political institutions. The dialogue form holds together a text that is a mix of genres, disciplines, sources, and influences.

Keywords: dialogue, law, military strategy, political institutions

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