He is instead praised as "a paterne in princehood
, a lode-starre in honour, and a mirrour of magnificence" (1923,132).
By the years leading up to 1500, the arts had become vital to the display of rulership, and especially to emergent ideas of princehood
For conclusion, a majesty was he that both lived and died a pattern in princehood
, a lodestar in honor, and famous to the world alway.
Such is the content of the Prince in which the writer, from the princehood
of his imagination, offers advice on how to conquer and rule like a true Machiavellian virtuoso.
This commonplace is true in the poem as we have it (though Spenser is writing about Arthur's princehood
, see Letter to Raleigh), and he is elided from the chronicles of Books II and III (pp.
He was the myrroure of Christendome, and the glorye of his countrey, the floure of kings passed, and the glasse of them that shoulde succeede', in 1587 the `blasing comete' (a metaphor drawn from Revelation, and bestowing on Henry a role in the apocalyptic plot of history) was struck out, as was the praise of Henry as `the myrroure of Christendome': `a maiestie was he that both liued and died a paterne in princehood
, a lode-starre in honour, and mirrour of magnificence.