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first commentary of the Faerie queene being an analysis of the annotations in Lord Bessborough"s copy of the first edition of Faerie queen. by Graham Goulden Hough

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Published by Folcroft Press in Folcroft, Pa .
Written in English


  • Spenser, Edmund, -- 1552?-1599.

Book details:

Edition Notes

First published in 1964.

StatementWith a foreword by the Earl of Bessborough.
The Physical Object
Paginationiii, 20 p.
Number of Pages20
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18581696M

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Summary Book 1, Canto 4 The Redcrosse Knight is still traveling with Fidessa, now revealed to be the sorceress Duessa. They enter the House of Pride, a grand castle built on a flimsy foundation. Lucifera, the queen of the house, sits with a dragon at her feet. Edmund Spencer's prime motive in writing The Fairie Queene was to demonstrate virtues of a gentleman or a noble person. The virtues were to be illustrated by a series of adventures of the twelve knights who represented one virtue each among the twelve gentlemanly virtues of King Arthur before he was king. For instance, Red Cross Knight in the first book represents holiness and the rest of the. The Faerie Queene was written over the course of about a decade by Edmund published the first three books in , then the next four books (plus revisions to the first three) in It was originally intended to be twelve books long, with each book detailing a specific Christian virtue in its central character.   The Faerie Queene fits in the category of important books so big that they often stay in our “to read” pile for years on end.I still haven’t read Ulysses by Joyce, which is only as long as a Stephen King warm up. Still, these longish books tend to gather too much dust. The Faerie Queene is an important book—really a collection of books. Spenser was writing The Faerie Queene at the .

Though she never appears in the poem, the Faerie Queene is the focus of the poem; her castle is the ultimate goal or destination of many of the poem’s characters. She represents Queen Elizabeth, among others, as discussed in the Commentary. Redcrosse The Redcrosse Knight is the hero of Book I; he stands for the virtue of Holiness.   First among the poetic geniuses of the Elizabethan period came Edmund Spenser with his Faerie Queene, the allegory of an ideal chivalry. This poem is one of the fruits of that intellectual awakening which first fertilized Italian thought in the twelfth century, and, slowly spreading over Europe, made its way into England in the fifteenth century. In Spenser's Supreme Fiction, Jon A. Quitslund offers a rich analysis of The Faerie Queene and of several texts contributing to the revival of Platonism stimulated by Marsilio Ficino's labours as a translator and interpreter of Plato and the ancient Neoplatonists. King Arthur already had a place in the mythic consciousness of Britons, and legends had accumulated around his name, including one that he would one day return from his long, healing sleep to lead Britain into a new Golden Age. He is the ideal consort for Gloriana, the Faerie Queene. He is the Knight of Magnificence, the perfection of all virtues.