The Faerie Queene

Edmund SPENSER (1552 - 1599)

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. (Summary by Thomas Copeland)

Genre(s): Epics

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Faerie Queene Front Matter Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 01 Faerie Queene I.i Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 02 Faerie Queene I.ii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 03 Faerie Queene I.iii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 04 Faerie Queene I.iv Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 05 Faerie Queene I.v Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 06 Faerie Queene I.vi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 07 Faerie Queene I.vii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 08 Faerie Queene I.viii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 09 Faerie Queene I.ix Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 10 Faerie Queene I.x Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 11 Faerie Queene I.xi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 12 Faerie Queene I.xii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 13 Faerie Queene II.i Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 14 Faerie Queene II.ii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 15 Faerie Queene II.iii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 16 Faerie Queene II.iv Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 17 Faerie Queene II.v Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 18 Faerie Queene II.vi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 19 Faerie Queene II.vii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 20 Faerie Queene II.viii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 21 Faerie Queene II.ix Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 22 Faerie Queene II.x Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 23 Faerie Queene II.xi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 24 Faerie Queene II.xii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 25 Faerie Queene III.i Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 26 Faerie Queene III.ii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 27 Faerie Queene III.iii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 28 Faerie Queene III.iv Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 29 Faerie Queene III.v Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 30 Faerie Queene III.vi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 31 Faerie Queene III.vii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 33 Faerie Queene III.ix Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 34 Faerie Queene III.x Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 36 Faerie Queene III.xii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 37 Faerie Queene IV.i Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 38 Faerie Queene IV.ii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 39 Faerie Queene IV.iii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 40 Faerie Queene IV.iv Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 41 Faerie Queene IV.v Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 42 Faerie Queene IV.vi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 43 Faerie Queene IV.vii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 45 Faerie Queene IV.ix Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 46 Faerie Queene IV.x Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 47 Faerie Queene IV.xi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 48 Faerie Queene IV.xii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 49 Faerie Queene V.i Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 50 Faerie Queene V.ii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 51 Faerie Queene V.iii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 52 Faerie Queene V.iv Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 53 Faerie Queene V.v Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 54 Faerie Queene V.vi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 55 Faerie Queene V.vii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 56 Faerie Queene V.viii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 57 Faerie Queene V.ix Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 58 Faerie Queene V.x Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 59 Faerie Queene V.xi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 60 Faerie Queene V.xii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 61 Faerie Queene VI.i Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 62 Faerie Queene VI.iii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 64 Faerie Queene VI.iv Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 65 Faerie Queene VI.v Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 66 Faerie Queene VI.vi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 67 Faerie Queene VI.vii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 69 Faerie Queene VI.ix Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 72 Faerie Queene VI.xii Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 73 Faerie Queene VII.vi Thomas A. Copeland
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Play 74 Faerie Queene VII.vii-viii Thomas A. Copeland
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