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Faerie Queene (version 2)

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

1. Faerie Queene Front Matter
2. Faerie Queene I.i
3. Faerie Queene I.ii
4. Faerie Queene I.iii
5. Faerie Queene I.iv
6. Faerie Queene I.v
7. Faerie Queene I.vi
8. Faerie Queene I.vii
9. Faerie Queene I.viii
10. Faerie Queene I.ix
11. Faerie Queene I.x
12. Faerie Queene I.xi
13. Faerie Queene I.xii
14. Faerie Queene II.i
15. Faerie Queene II.ii
16. Faerie Queene II.iii
17. Faerie Queene II.iv
18. Faerie Queene II.v
19. Faerie Queene II.vi
20. Faerie Queene II.vii
21. Faerie Queene II.viii
22. Faerie Queene II.ix
23. Faerie Queene II.x
24. Faerie Queene II.xi
25. Faerie Queene II.xii
26. Faerie Queene III.i
27. Faerie Queene III.ii
28. Faerie Queene III.iii
29. Faerie Queene III.iv
30. Faerie Queene III.v
31. Faerie Queene III.vi
32. Faerie Queene III.vii
33. Faerie Queene III.viii
34. Faerie Queene III.ix
35. Faerie Queene III.x
36. Faerie Queene III.xi
37. Faerie Queene III.xii
38. Faerie Queene IV.i
39. Faerie Queene IV.ii
40. Faerie Queene IV.iii
41. Faerie Queene IV.iv
42. Faerie Queene IV.v
43. Faerie Queene IV.vi
44. Faerie Queene IV.vii
45. Faerie Queene IV.viii
46. Faerie Queene IV.ix
47. Faerie Queene IV.x
48. Faerie Queene IV.xi
49. Faerie Queene IV.xii
50. Faerie Queene V.i
51. Faerie Queene V.ii
52. Faerie Queene V.iii
53. Faerie Queene V.iv
54. Faerie Queene V.v
55. Faerie Queene V.vi
56. Faerie Queene V.vii
57. Faerie Queene V.viii
58. Faerie Queene V.ix
59. Faerie Queene V.x
60. Faerie Queene V.xi
61. Faerie Queene V.xii
62. Faerie Queene VI.i
63. Faerie Queene VI.iii
64. Faerie Queene VI.iii
65. Faerie Queene VI.iv
66. Faerie Queene VI.v
67. Faerie Queene VI.vi
68. Faerie Queene VI.vii
69. Faerie Queene VI.viii
70. Faerie Queene VI.ix
71. Faerie Queene VI.x
72. Faerie Queene VI.xi
73. Faerie Queene VI.xii
74. Faerie Queene VII.vi
75. Faerie Queene VII.vii-viii

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    Summary

    Spenser planned a 24-book romance-epic consisting of two parts, of which he completed half of the first. The first twelve books were to illustrate the development of virtues within the individual soul, and the second twelve were to depict the application of these moral virtues to remedying evils that afflict the world. Each of the first set of quests was to begin at the court of the Fairy Queen, Gloriana, and the knights were to return thither after having defeated some foe representing a personal weakness. Having thus proved themselves, they were qualified to undertake the second quests, in the world. The neat plan becomes somewhat muddled by Book 3, which nevertheless contains the philosophical core of the poem's allegorical structure: the Platonic notion that love (grace) unifies the cosmos and draws the will, through the pursuit of beauty, into virtuous action, returning to God at last in worship. The plot structure of the poem is rich and complex, with many strands interlinked and overlapping, each replete with allegorical significance.