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  1. The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four (Bk. 3 & 4)
    The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four (Bk. 3 & 4)
    The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four (Bk. 3 & 4)
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  2. The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four (Bk. 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 passionately attached to a woman, a warrior princess yet a wife. As Spenser's most sensitively developed character, Britomart is capable of heroic deeds but also of teenage self-pity. Her experience is anatomized in the stories of other characters, where versions of love and friendship include physical gratification, torture, mutual aid, competition, spiritual ecstasy, self-sacrifice, genial teasing, jealousy, abduction, wise government, sedition, and the valiant defense of a pig shed.

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Edmund Spenser
Brand: Hackett Pub Co
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Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Interesting how this is the book which is supposed to teach the reader of chastity. Certainly, it has its moments when the message comes through loud and clear, but the many footnotes which indicate word play and double meanings sometimes make it clear that there are nasty meanings to the verse. All in all, a difficult but rewarding read.

This story takes place in a fantasy land, with certain characters who must learn about chastity. The original purpose, as stated by Spenser himself, is to teach the reader how to behave chastely. With the numerous situations which can be read as unchaste, it is a wonder the reader can get the intended meaning of the author. But along the way, it has some hilarious moments (the idea of Britomart within Castle Joyeous at the dinner table in full armor including visor comes to mind). I found the book refreshing and entertaining, with several laugh out loud situations.
This edition of Spenser's Faerie Queene is finely edited. Very informative and thorough, lodging multiple perspectives on critical passages that are often overlooked.
In every study edition of a classic work, nearly every reader will find some editorial choices that please and some that displease. Since each of the five volumes of the Hackett "Faerie Queene" has its own editor, the features that please and displease any given reader vary from volume to volume. I have to agree with the reviewer who observed that Dorothy Stephens' footnotes sometimes stray from straightforward basic information into unnecessary commentary: instead of simply explaining the meaning of a word or phrase or custom or allusion, she wants to draw the reader into pondering more involved and speculative interpretations. She certainly doesn't do this constantly, however, and most of her attempts to stimulate classroom colloquy from the bottom of the page strike me as pedagogically sound, even if arguably out of place in this edition. To my mind, in fact, this is the best-edited volume of the Hackett set. For the most part Stephens seems to have in mind an... Read more
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