ABSTRACT

The Elizabethan movement which we have studied, and of which Spenser’s Faerie Queene was the epic expression, contained strong Puritan elements. We have seen that throughout its history from Pico onwards, Christian Cabala tended to carry with it reforming enthusiasms. Reuchlin connects it with the beginning of the German reformation; Egidius of Viterbo hoped much from Catholic reform. In England, the Tudor reform took up Cabalist elements, and the English representative of the Christian Cabalist philosophy, John Dee, associated it with Elizabethan imperial reform.