The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four / Edition 1by Edmund Spenser, Carol V. Kaske, Erik Irving Gray, Andrew Hadfield
Pub. Date: 11/30/2006
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
Book Five of The Faerie Queene is Spenser's Legend of Justice. It tells of the knight Artegall's efforts to rid Faerie Land of tyranny and injustice, aided by his sidekick Talus and the timely intervention of his betrothed, the woman warrior Britomart. As allegory, Book Five figures forth ideal concepts of justice and explores how justice may be applied in a real world complicated by social inequality, female rule, political guile, and excessive violence. At the same time, as historical allegory, it retells a number of the most important events of early modern England, in particular the controversies surrounding the colonization of Ireland. An integral part of the larger poem, Book Five also stands on its own as one of the most challenging meditations on justice in English literature.
The Faerie Queene from Hackett Publishing Company:
Spenser's great work in five volumes. Each includes its own Introduction, annotation, notes on the text, bibliography, glossary, and index of characters; Spenser's "Letter to Raleigh" and a short Life of Edmund Spenser appear in every volume.
Table of Contents
Book I The Legend of the Knight of the Red Crosse, or of Holinesse
Book II The Legend of Sir Guyon, or of Temperaunce
Book III The Legend of Britomartis, or of Chastity
Book IV The Legend of Cambel and Telemond, or of Friendship
Book V The Legend of Artegall, or of Iustice
Book VI The Legend of Calidore, or of Courtesie
Book VII Two Cantos of Mutabilitie
A Letter to Raleigh
Commendatory Verses and Dedicatory Sonnets
Textual Notes by Hiroshi Yamashita and Toshiyuki Suzuki
The Characters of the Faerie Queene, compiled by Shohachi Fukuda
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