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The faerie queene

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The faerie queene

  1. 1. THE FAERIE QUEENE
  2. 2. THE AUTHOR Edmund Spenser (15521599) • Born in London, England. • Received a quality education – Masters from Cambridge. • Poetry for publication • Secretary for Bishop of Kent / Queen Elizabeth’s Court • The Shepheardes Calendar (1579) • Greatest work: The Faerie Queen (died working on it) • Died on January 13, 1599 at Westminster.
  3. 3. THE FAERIE QUEENE • Published in 1590 (only completed half of the poem) The first 3 books • Explain the purpose of the poem : Queen Elizabeth Letter to Sir John Walter • Story whose characters & events  Specific & simbolic meaning Allegory • Mythical Faerie Land & Queen • England’s religion Setting
  4. 4. CONTEXT Spenser lived in Post- Reformation England Roman Catholicism vs Anglicanism (national England) Still some catholics in England Sentiment for the battles of the poem: London vs Rome Spenser said Catholic Church was full of corruption Anti- Elizabethan Propaganda
  5. 5. Summary •It tells the story of the knight of Holiness, the Redcrosse Knight. •He has been given a task by Gloriana, "that greatest Glorious Queen of Faerie lond," to fight a terrible dragon. •He is traveling with a beautiful, innocent young lady and a dwarf as servant. • During all the story they face villians who try to separate them and stand on their way.
  6. 6. Summary • Allegory: characters which have a meaning related to the real life. • Gloriana: Is the fairie queene and represents Queen Elizabeth. • Redcrosse: He represents true Anglican man. Who must have faith always. • Una: She represents the truth. • Both represent the qualties of a Anglican. • The villians: try to separate them and represent the Catholic Church. • There is a villian who wears purple, which represent the Pope. • Another villian adopts different forms and try to confuse the travellers.
  7. 7. THE FAERIE QUEENE (http://www.luminarium.org/renascenceeditions/fqintro.html) THE FAERIE QVEENE. Disposed into twelue bookes, Fashioning XII. Morall vertues LONDON Printed for William Ponsonbie. 1596. TO THE MOST HIGH, MIGHTIE and MAGNIFICENT EMPRESSE RENOVVMED FOR PIETIE, VERTVE, AND ALL GRATIOVS GOVERNMENT ELIZABETH BY THE GRACE OF GOD QVEENE OF ENGLAND FRAVNCE AND IRELAND AND OF VIRGINIA, DEFENDOVR OF THE FAITH, &. HER MOST HVMBLE SERVANT EDMVND SPENSER DOTH IN ALL HVMILITIE DEDICATE, PRESENT AND CONSECRATE THESE HIS LABOVRS TO LIVE VVITH THE ETERNITIE OF HER FAME.

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