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The Faerie Queene
by Edmund Spenser
Published in 1590 (I finished it on April 23, 2007)

The title of  The Faerie Queene brings odd things to
mind. I had no idea what to expect when signing up for the class. In essence,
it’s a 1000-page poem written around 1596. I guess I should add that it’s an
epic poem containing six allegorical books. Still, what’s it about? Well, it
deals with knights on quests, damsels in distress, jousts, Prince Arthur, evil
villains, dragons and more. Skillfully done, Spenser has such scenes as a joust
on a bridge when the bad knight opens trap doors sending the combatants down
into the river to fight in the water. The creativity of the work is masterful.
One character is Talus, who is made of iron and essentially uses his mace to
off heads right and left. Britomart is a powerful female warrior who cannot
lose a joust due to her enchanted lance. Yeah, for a great piece of work on
this genre, it’s a fun read, full of lessons on avoiding excess by eating well
and maintaining control, lessons on being courteous, lessons on being holy and
more. It’s entertaining, though quite long. Oh, and the title is a tribute to
Queen Elizabeth I, who isn’t directly featured in the book, but represented
through the good female characters and the queens contained within.

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