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date: 16 July 2019

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Evidence for the readership of early modern prose fiction is often found in the links between books that are articulated by commentators of the period. This article examines the links between the romances Amadis de Gaule and John Barclay's Argenis. It argues that in their different ways, Amadis and Argenis are participants in, and indicative of, the internationalism of Jacobean culture and the intensely self-conscious engagement of its fictional prose genres with the precedents of the ancient and medieval pasts as well as the modern novelistic fictions emerging in France and Spain.

Keywords: early modern prose fiction, readership, romances, John Barclay, Jacobean culture, fictional prose

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