attention to moment-by-moment shifts in the censorship environment,
with incremental assays at daring becoming more or less bold depending
on the reception of previous efforts.
When looking at how other authors responded to Spenser’s satirical
works in the 1590s and the early 1600s, a storyline emerges: Whereas The
Shepheardes Calender includes a number of satirical moments, as noted
in Chapter 2, Spenser’s satirical credibility was enhanced by the government response to Complaints, and Spenser’s references to foxes and his
antagonism to Lord Burghley became the