The Faerie Queene
Questions for Study
The Faerie Queene is a strongly Protestant work in which Spenser intentionally incorporates his own beliefs into the Story. What has made the poem popular among readers of all faiths, not just Protestants?
What is Spenser's view of pagan (non-Christian) virtue? Does it have any value to him?
In what ways are the stories of Redcrosse and Britomart parallel?
What is Spenser's view of "courtly love"?
The allegory indicates that Holiness cannot survive without Chastity; does Chastity depend upon Holiness? There is little or no reference to God or Christ in Book III, as compared to Book I; what are the indications that Chastity remains a Christian virtue? Is Britomart as much of a Christian warrior as Redcrosse?
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