What is the time period covered by Spenser's Amoretti?

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Spenser's Amoretti is a sonnet cycle that is a fictionalized celebration of his relationship with Elizabeth Boyle, which started in late November 1592 with the beginning of their courtship and ended on June 11th 1594 on their wedding day. The events depicted are in real time, giving the impression of some kind of sonnet diary, and the sonnets were bought by a publisher in November 1594 and published the following year.

Nevertheless, critics have claimed that he started many of the sonnets a long time before he met his wife. They claim he just adapted them to fit in with the feelings he felt for Elizabeth at that time.

The poems stop before the wedding takes place, but he does continue to write about the event in his next poem "Epithalamion."

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Amoretti (Latin for cupids) was written to detail the courting of Edmund Spenser and Elizabeth Boyle (daughter of James Earl--the first earl of Cork).

The period for which Spenser is recognized for writing in is The Renaissance Period, known in England as the Elizabethan Period. This period began in Italy in the 1300s and moved to England, France and Germany in the 1400s. The Renaissance Period ended in the 1600s.

That said, Spenser's text was published in 1595. The writingwas conducted during his courtship of Elizabeth  Boyle. Their courtship began in 1591. They were married in 1594 but that was writen about in the Epithalamoin, the wedding tribute. Given that the text follows their troubled courtship and was published in 1595, the time period covered by the text is 1591-1595.

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