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Acrasia, seductress of knights. Guyon destroys her Bower of Bliss at the end of Book 2. Similar characters in other epics: Circe (Homer's Odyssey), Alcina (Ariosto), Armida (Tasso). Also the fairy woman from Keats' poem "La Belle Dame sans Merci". Alma; her name means "soul." She is the head of the House of Temperance in Book 2. Amoret, the betrothed of Scudamour, kidnapped by Busirane on her wedding night, saved by Britomart. She represents the virtue of married love, and her marriage to Scudamour serves as the example that Britomart and Artegal seek to copy. Amoret and Scudamor are separated for a time by circumstances, but remain loyal to one another until they (presumably) are reunited. Archimago, an evil sorcerer who is sent to stop the knights in the service of the Faerie Queene. Of the knights, Archimago hates Redcross most of all, hence he is symbolically the nemesis of England. Artegal (or Arthegall), a knight who is the personification and champion of Justice. He meets Britomart after defeating her in a swordfight (she had been dressed as a knight) and removing her helmet, revealing her beauty. Artegal quickly falls in love with Britomart. Artegal has a companion in Talus, a metal man who wields a flail and never sleeps or grows tired but will mercilessly pursue and kill any number of villains. Talus obeys Artegal's command, and serves to represent justice without mercy (hence, Artegal is the more human face of justice). Later, Talus does not rescue Artegal from enslavement by the wicked Radigund, because Artegal is bound by a legal contract to serve her. Only her death, at Britomart's hands, liberates him. Arthur of the Round Table, but playing a different role here. He is madly in love with the Faerie Queene and spends his time in pursuit of her when not helping the other knights out of their sundry predicaments. Prince Arthur is the Knight of Magnificence, the perfection of all virtues. Ate, a fiend from Hell disguised as a beautiful maiden, Ate opposes Book IV's virtue of friendship through spreading discord. She is aided in her task by Duessa, the female deceiver of Book I, whom Ate summoned from Hell. Ate and Duessa have fooled the false knights Blandamour and Paridell into taking them as lovers. Her name is possibly inspired by the Classical Goddess of Misfortune Atë, said to have been thrown from Heaven by Zeus, similar to the fallen angels. Belphoebe, the beautiful sister of Amoret who spends her time in the woods hunting and avoiding the numerous amorous men who chase her. Timias, the squire of Arthur, eventually wins her love after she tends to the injuries he sustained in battle; however, Timias must endure much suffering to prove his love when Belphoebe sees him tending to a wounded woman and, misinterpreting his actions, flies off hastily. She is only drawn back to him after seeing how he has wasted away without her. Blatant Beast ... ? Braggadocchio, a comic knight with no sense of honour. He steals Guyon's horse. He is not evil, just a dishonourable braggart. Britomart, a female knight, the personification and champion of Chastity. She is young and beautiful, and falls in love with Artegal upon first seeing his face in her father's magic mirror. Although there is no interaction between them, she falls in love with him, and travels, dressed as a knight and accompanied by her nurse, Glauce, in
and is married to him in Book V. Britomart carries an enchanted spear that allows her to defeat every knight she encounters. a knight in Book II who is defined by indecisiveness and fluctuations of the will. Cambina. Calidore. Florimell. Britomart is one of the most important knights in the story. the evil sorcerer who captures Amoret on her wedding night. She searches the world. The clever Britomart handily defeats him and returns Amoret to her husband. the newlyborn twins were taken: Venus takes Amoretta and raises her in the Garden of Adonis. order to find Artegal again. mother of Belphoebe and her twin Amoretta. refusing the false Florimell. she is also sometimes called Tanaquill. and several other knights. Cambell. He is the leader of the Knights of Maidenhead and carries the image of Gloriana on his shield. which is why he set out to Ireland to begin with. Colin Clout may also be said to be Spenser himself. Diamond. Canacee marries Triamond and befriends his sister Cambina. Cambina is depicted holding a caduceus and a cup of nepenthe. signifying her role as a figure of concord. Found by Venus and Diana. a lady in love with the knight Marinell. She is reunited with Marinell at the end of Book IV. she was impregnated by sun-beams when she slept on a bank. the "Faerie Queene" herself. she finds him holding Amoret captive. known to Redcrosse as "Fidessa". hero of Book Six. Glauce. daughter of Agape and sister to Priamond. being the same Colin Clout from Spenser's pastoral poetry. and a visit with Merlin the magician. Furthermore. the hero of Book Two. She rescues Artegal. briefly appearing in Book VI. She is bound to a pillar and Busirane is torturing her. noted for his songs and bagpipe playing. Duessa. whose magic ring renders the wearer invulnerable. Chrysogonee. Busirane. When Britomart enters his castle to defeat him. He is on a quest from the Fairy Queen to slay the Blatant Beast. including a pilgrimage to the shrine of Isis. Cambell's sister. According to . a lady who personfies Falsehood in Book One. Hearing he was wounded. to Archimago. which was her name before she became queen. Canacee. He and his fiery brother Pyrochles represent emotional maladies that threaten temperance. Colin Clout. a knight who acts as Calidore's surrogate throughout much of Book VI. Cymochles. ignoring his duty to hunt the Blatant Beast. culminating in her being captured by Proteus. from the evil slave-mistress Radigund. She marries Cambell after bringing an end to his fight with Triamond. an elderly woman who serves as Britomart's squire. Guyon. Brother of Canacee and friend of Triamond. the Knight of Courtesy. the Knight of Temperance. which is fitting because Calidore is taking a sojourn into a world of pastoral delight. Parallel figure in Ariosto: Bradamante. hero of Book Four. until she loses to a knight who turns out to be her beloved Artegal. one of the Knights of Friendship. Gloriana. and Triamond. a shepherd. As the opposite of Una. or at least a servant. she represents the "false" religion of the Roman Catholic Church. After Cambell and Triamond's combat. The two brothers are both slain by Prince Arthur in Canto VIII. She is also initially an assistant. she set out in search and faced various perils. and Diana takes Belphoebe. Calepine. Britomart accepts Amoret at a tournament. Chrysogonee hid in the forest and becoming tired she fell asleep and gave birth to twins. who initially rejects her.
His Knights of Maidenhead win the day with Britomart's help. Orgoglio. a wild half-satyr man raised in the wild and the epitome of natural human potential. In the climactic battle of Book I. he avoided all love because his mother had learned that a woman would do him harm. Canacee. their souls joined with his body. who is much the same as in Arthurian legend. which specificially means "the holy wrestler. "the knight of the sea". a squire who is deceived by Philemon and. Pyrochles. though not mortally wounded. a false knight and a seducer of women. he was struck down in battle by Britomart. never to be reunited. When she is seduced by Paridell. patron saint of England. he metamorphoses into a hideous creature. Although the 1590 edition of the Faerie Queene has Scudamour united with Amoret through Britomart's assistance. He marries Una at the end of Book I. when Priamond and Diamond died. Talus. the lover of Amoret. which remains unconcluded. unaware Britomart is a lady until Malecasta feels the sting of Britomart's magic sword. The Redcrosse Knight. Sansfoy. under the influence of Furor (frenzied rage). a woman raised by shepherds but revealed in the last Canto of Book 6 to be actually the daughter of Sir Bellamoure and Lady Claribell. having been stolen by a Fay and raised in Faerieland. he and his impressionable brother Cymochles serve as examples of two emotional maladies that threaten temperance. Introduced in the first canto of the poem. Triamond marries Cambell's sister. One of three brothers. he protects her. Tamed by Una. he bears the emblem of Saint George. Malecasta. but ends up locked in a battle against the chaotic Sansloy. he runs off with Malbecco's wife. which she drops while flying from a beast. Scudamour loses his love Amoret to the sorcerer Busirane. After battling Cambell. He holds a three day tournament for the right to possess the girdle. Timias. Marinell. He also learns that he is of English ancestry. an "iron man" who helps Arthegall dispense justice in Book Five. A young Britomart goes to see Merlin after falling in love with Artegal. protective husband of the lascivious Hellenore. and tries to seduce her. His relationship with Belphoebe is generally thought to represent that of Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth I. but brief appearances in Books II and III show Redcrosse still questing through the world. a red cross on a white background is still the flag of England." Malbecco. jaded sophisticate who invites the weary knights to dinner. a jousting champion and courtier to Queen Elizabeth I. son of a water nymph. This character is actually based upon a real person. three saracen knights who fight Redcrosse in Book One. George's name shares etymology with Guyon. Sir James Scudamore. Merlin. hero of Book One. a hot-tempered knight in Book Two. Triamond. a giant who attacks the Redcrosse Knight. the continuation in Book IV has them separated. His name derives from that of the Trojan prince Paris. Satyrane. His name means "shield of love". St. Phaon. kills Claribel with his sword and Philemon with poison. . "Joyless" and "Lawless"). Sansjoy and Sansloy (names from the old French meaning "Faithless". The Redcross Knight is declared to be the real Saint George in Canto X. a decadent. Pyrochles is eventually beheaded by Prince Arthur in Canto VIII. representing jealousy itself. Scudamour. Redcrosse slays the dragon that has laid waste to Eden. and he instructs her on how to proceed. one of the Knights of Friendship. Paridell. She studies Britomart at the feast. the Golden Legend. prince Arthur's squire and lover of Belphoebe. Pastorella. In Book Three. Satyrane finds Florimell's girdle. Hellenore. Friend of Cambell. a hero of Book Four.
"to deceive". His name derives from the French tromper. She also defeats Duessa. . the personification of the "True Church". who represents the "false" (Catholic) church and the person of Mary. Trompart. Una. She travels with the Redcrosse Knight (who represents England). Queen of Scots. Una is also representative of Truth. in a trial reminiscent of that which ended in Mary's beheading. whom she has recruited to save her parents' castle from a dragon. Braggadocchio's cunning squire.
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