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Roger L’Estrange and the role of Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene” as a propaganda tool during the Popish Plot

Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick

UL student Ashley Bentley writes about his investigations into on a seventeenth-century book in the Special Collections section of the Glucksman Library, UL, conducted as part of his Research Methods module. Ashley is currently a student on the MA in English (School of English, Irish, and Communication). 

The most intriguing yet challenging aspect of archival research is that the researcher is stripped of the entitlements and luxuries they have hitherto been accustomed to. In any academic field, it is the researcher’s prerogative to look for information that is tailored towards their research interests that they have already established. A paradoxical role reversal is at work when a researcher is forced to interpret an artefact without any preconceived notions or expectations. Irrespective of the fact that it might be a letter, diary, newspaper, map or fictional work, what makes it worthy of research is that it has stood the…

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