ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Ralph Church

(1708 ca.-1787)


Little appears to be known of Ralph Church, who edited the Faerie Queene in 1758. He was the son of John Church, gent. of St. Margaret's Parish, Westminster and attended Westminster School, matriculating at Christ Church College Oxford in June 1725 (B.A. 1727, M.A. 1732). Church was vicar of Pyrton and Shirburn, Oxfordshire. He seems to have published nothing other than his edition of the Faerie Queene, though some notes by him on Spenser's Amoretti appeared in 1801.

TEXT RECORDS:

1758Preface to The Faerie Queene.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Faerie Queene, ed. Church. 1758.