Excerpt from Spenser: Book I of the Faery Queene The life of Edmund Spenser has few incidents, and little certainty. He tells us he was born in London, near the Tower, and was connected, though t closely, with the house whose name he bears. But the date of his birth can only be inferred approximately from his matriculation at Cambridge, and his second courtship. He entered as a sizar at Pembroke Hall in 1569, when he was t likely to be under fifteen or over twenty years old. His birth, then, will fall between 1549 and 1554. But he tells us (in his 60th Sonnet) that he was forty years old when his second courtship began. The date of that courtship lies between 1591 and 1593, so that he must have been born between 1551 and 1553. If then we take 1552 for the year of his birth, we shall t be far wrong. We may conjecture, from his writings, especially from his Letter to Sir Walter Raleigh, that, while at Cambridge, he studied Aristotle and Plato as well as the Greek and Latin poets. He became B.A. in 1573; M.A. in 1576. At the University he contracted a close friendship with Gabriel Harvey (the Hobbil of his Shepheards Calender) the author of many ingenious poems. It was one of those collegiate friendships the influence of which is felt through a man's whole life. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.