Willobie His Avisa

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Chaste Penelope ?

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Chaste Penelope ?
There are two versions of the Arcadian myth of Penelope the best known version states Penelope was a chaste woman the second version describes Penelope as being an unchaste woman who entertained her suitors and eventually married one of them called Antinous. The author of Willobie His Avisa seems to know of this second myth and pretends to compare Chaste Avisa to Unchaste Penelope. But as we read the book we realise that Avisa is not chaste at all and that Avisa actually IS unchaste Penelope.
Posted on July 22, 2010 Full Size| Slideshow