The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser

An epic poem written by Edmund Spenser and published starting in 1590. ‘The Faerie Queene’ is the tale of Arthur and his knights and a variety of adventures and quests they go on, including their interactions with the Fairy realm and the Fairy Queen Gloriana, who is a literary invention of Spenser’s. The poem is largely allegorical and possibly intended to reflect the real world politics of the time, with Gloriana acting as a stand in for Queen Elizabeth and Fairy for Elizabethan England.

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