The Faerie Queene, Paperback Book
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The Faerie Queene was the first epic in English and one of the most influential poems in the language for later poets from Milton to Tennyson.

Dedicating his work to Elizabeth I, Spenser brilliantly united medieval romance and renaissance epic to expound the glory of the Virgin Queen.

The poem recounts the quests of knights including Sir Guyon, Knight of Constance, who resists temptation, and Artegall, Knight of Justice, whose story alludes to the execution of Mary Queen of Scots.

Composed as an overt moral and political allegory, The Faerie Queene, with its dramatic episodes of chivalry, pageantry and courtly love, is also a supreme work of atmosphere, colour and sensuous description.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780140422078

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I like this book, despite the thousand plus pages of verse, but I've never been able to sustain the energy to finish. On my list of things to do for 2006

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Beautifully written, rich in imagery and symbolism. Recommend in very small doses, so as to avoid death by stifling allegory.

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Perhaps the weirdest, wildest, and wooliest book ever written.