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Invisibility and erasure in The Two Merry Milkmaids

, the legend of Gyges was a well-known classical myth in the early modern period which spoke directly to Reformation anxieties about the reliability of external appearances. 41 The legend of Gyges is told in Book 2 of Plato’s Republic and Cicero’s De Officiis. In The Republic , Glaucon explains that Gyges: was a shepherd in the service of the Lydian

in Making and unmaking in early modern English drama
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Imitation of Spenserian satire

14/10/2016 15:36 After the Bishops’ Ban 151 Drayton’s poem connects James to the royal line of Scotland by referring to James V: “The fifth of that Name, Scotlands lawfull King, / Father to Mary (long in England seene) / The Daulphins dowager, the late Scottish Queene” and helpfully notes in the margin that Mary was “Maried whilst he was Daulphin,” referring to her marriage to James Hepburn, Fourth Earl of Bothwell, the presumed murderer of her second husband (and James’s father), Lord Darnley (lines 100–2). Of course the reason Mary was “long in England seene

in Spenserian satire