Sidney's New Arcadia and the Decay of Protestant Republicanism

  title={Sidney's New Arcadia and the Decay of Protestant Republicanism},
  author={Tracey Sedinger},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  pages={57 - 77}
  • Tracey Sedinger
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
The New Arcadia re-examines the nature of the political in the wake of the prince's failure to follow "good" counsel and the resultant breakdown of the Tudor monarchical republic. Aristocratic and popular rebellions in Arcadia illustrate the separation of politics from any ethical foundation, and its degeneration into horrific violence. Because Laconia does not constitute a commonwealth, the republican ethos through which Sidney understood politics is irrelevant, and the rebellion's political… Expand
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