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This is a 1609 edition copy of the incomplete epic poem The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. It is one of the longest poems in the English language and is notable for its verse form known as the Spenserian stanza. The Faerie Queene contains allegories to praise Queen Elizabeth I, who favoured the piece resulting in a  £50 annual stipend for Spenser. This work would be his most famous. 


Call No: RAR PR 2358 AI 1609

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Carleton’s ARC has a rich collection of primary source material from the French Revolution. This is a pamphlet titled: A Discourse Upon the Question of Whether the King Shall be Tried? 

Of course, we know Louis XVI was and found guilty and executed by guillotine in 1793, but this pamphlet details the tensions and questions the country would need to face if they decided to commit regicide. This photograph is from a collection of pamphlets printed in 1793 detailing his last moments before a crowd of soldiers.

ARC’s collection of rare books on the French Revolution supports diverse research in areas such as: History, Art History, Political Science, Human Rights, Legal Studies, Economics, and French studies.


Call no. (A Discourse) RARDC137.08 B71791

Call no. (Image) RAR DC140 R.55 V.15