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The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four (The Faerie Queene Books #3,4)

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These paired Arthurian legends suggest that erotic desire and the desire for companionship undergird national politics. The maiden Britomart, Queen Elizabeth's fictional ancestor, dons armor to search for a man whom she has seen in a crystal ball. While on this quest, she seeks to understand how one can be chaste while pursuing a sexual goal, in love with a man while passi ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published November 30th 2006)
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Oct 09, 2016 Danny rated it really liked it

Following are the major events and characters of Book 3:

Book 3 Cast:

Arthur, Timias, Guyon, Palmer, Florimell, Forrester, his two brothers, Britomart, Glauce, Redcrosse, Six knights of lechery, Malecasta, Artegall, King Ryence, Merlin, Angela, Marinell, Cymoent, Proteus, Belphoebe, Amoretta, Chrysogonee (golden-born), Venus, Cupid, Adonis, Psyche, Pleasure, Sir Scudamore, Satyrane, Witch, Churl, Hyena-like beast, Fisherman, Proteus, Panope, Argante, Ollyphant, Columbell, Squyre of Dames, Palladi
Jul 31, 2007 Anna rated it liked it
Read only Book IV. It's a very difficult read, because Spenser uses Chaucerian English rather than the English of his own period (the Renaissance). Book IV centers on the virtue friendship, but is only marginally successful in representing it. Ignoring modern sensibilities, the Faerie Queene is the product of conflicted cultural paradigms. Spenser is classically educated, thereby influenced by the Greco-Roman conception of friendship (friendship is paramount, because friendship is good for the s ...more
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Oct 07, 2015 John Redmon rated it it was ok
On its own merits, Books III and IV of Spenser's Faerie Queene deserve five stars, of course. However, the editing (footnotes) of this Hackett Publishing version of Books III and IV were overly burdensome and some were way over the top - and so the ranking loses three stars.

I grant that some of the footnotes were informative and appreciated. However, way too many of the footnotes contained lewd sexual references: one such note using the cun* word. Another note debating what Spenser meant by "per
Feb 20, 2008 Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing
Hackett made an interesting choice in publishing Books 3 and 4 together in an undergrad edition, but it works well. The notes in Book 3 are sometimes a bit heavy-handed and offer sometimes obvious information. Overall, the layout of the book compensates for the not-quite-up-to-snuff notes.
May 23, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it
Of the books, this is perhaps my least favorite, though still a well-written piece of literature. It's a little too bad that Spenser wasn't able to meet my expectations for what I hoped would be Spenserian Queen Elizabeth Fan Fiction.
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Sep 30, 2013 Megan Mills rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the Faerie Queene, Book Three. Will need to read it in its entirety eventually, but today is not that day.
Feb 01, 2015 kayla** rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
I only read Book 3 for class, and let's be honest, Sparknotes was my best friend. But I like the tale and I appreciate the form. I did read it. I did.
May 17, 2011 Kylee rated it really liked it
Well, mostly, I read book 3, but yeah. I thought it was awesome too. Lots of issues with Britomart, but at the end of the day, she was a pretty cool lady.
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Edmund Spenser (c. 1552 – 13 January 1599) was an important English poet and Poet Laureate best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I.

Though he is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy, Spenser is also a controversial figure due to his zeal for the destruction of Irish cultu
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Other Books in the Series

The Faerie Queene Books (5 books)
  • The Faerie Queene, Book One
  • The Faerie Queene, Book Two
  • Faerie Queene: The Mutability Cantos and Selections from the Minor Poems, Bks. 1 and 2
  • The Faerie Queene, Book Five
  • The Faerie Queene, Book Six and the Mutabilitie Cantos

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“So furiously each other did assayle,
As if their soules they would attonce haue rent
Out of their brests, that streames of bloud did rayle
Adowne, as if their springes of life were spent;
That all the ground with purple bloud was sprent,
And all their armours staynd with bloudie gore,
Yet scarcely once to breath would they relent,
So mortall was their malice and so sore,
Become of fayned friendship which they vow'd afore.”
“Here haue I cause, in men iust blame to find,
That in their proper prayse too partiall bee,
And not indifferent to woman kind,
To whom no share in armes and cheualrie
They do impart, ne maken memorie
Of their brave gestes and prowess martiall;
Scarse do they spare to one or two or three,
Rowme in their writs; yet the same writing small
Does all their deeds deface, and dims their glories all,

But by record of antique times I find,
That women wont in warres to beare most sway,
And to all great exploits them selues inclind:
Of which they still the girlond bore away,
Till enuious Men fearing their rules decay,
Gan coyne straight laws to curb their liberty;
Yet sith they warlike armes haue layd away:
They haue exceld in artes and policy,
That now we foolish men that prayse gin eke t'enuy.”
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