The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

The Faerie Queene is an incomplete English epic poem by Edmund Spenser. The first half was published in 1590, and a second installment was published in 1596. The Faerie Queene is notable for its form: it was the first work written in Spenserian stanza and is one of the longest poems in the English language.[1] It is an allegorical work, and can be read (as Spenser presumably intended) on several levels of allegory, including as praise of Queen Elizabeth I. In a completely allegorical context, the poem follows several knights in an examination of several virtues. In Spenser's "Letter of the Authors," he states that the entire epic poem is "cloudily enwrapped in allegorical devices," and that the aim of publishing The Faerie Queene was to “fashion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline.”

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The Faerie Queene Hardcover 10911614 $17.16
The Faerie Queene Hardcover 10280846 $15.00
The Elfin Knight: Book 2 of Edmund Spenser's 'The Faerie Queene' Paperback 1309952 $20.00 $11.56 2010
The Faerie Queene Hardcover 8672727
Spenser: Faerie Queene Paperback 4073201 $62.25 $0.01 1989
Faerie Queene Parallel Verse to Prose Version Paperback 1315543 $17.16 $25.79 2018
The Faerie Queene, Book Six and the Mutabilitie Cantos (Hackett Classics) (Bk. 6) Paperback 416387 $8.51 $3.94 2007
The Faerie Queene, Book 5 (Bk. 5) Paperback 1324263 $6.55 $3.13 2006
GradeSaver(TM) ClassicNotes: The Faerie Queene Paperback 1155684 $3.95 $3.55 2010
The Faerie Queene, Book Two (Hackett Classics) (Bk. 2) Paperback 789511 $10.18 $4.37 2006
The Faerie Queene, Book One (Hackett Classics) (Bk. 1) Paperback 588225 $8.99 $2.32 2006
Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves: Book I of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene Paperback 242605 $15.99 $9.49 1999
Spenser: The Faerie Queene, 2nd Edition Paperback 236822 $37.12 $25.02 2006
The Faerie Queene Paperback 44650 $9.95 $0.47 1979
The Faerie Queene: (Complete 6 Books) Kindle Edition 276923 2012
Spenser: The Faerie Queene (Longman Annotated English Poets) Kindle Edition 316593 2014
Spenser: The Faerie Queene (2nd Edition) (Longman Annotated English Poets) Paperback 1959703 $52.00 $14.98 2001
Edmund Spenser, the Faerie Queene (The English Poets ; 6) Paperback 4631862 $73.98 $2.31
The Faerie Queene Audio CD 1728864 $142.98 2015
The Faerie Queen Kindle Edition 1315456 2014
Faerie Queen (Books I to III) Paperback 1659018 $74.48 $6.99 1991
The Faerie Queene: Complete in Five Volumes: Book One; Book Two; Books Three and Four; Book Five; Book Six and the Mutabilitie Cantos Library Binding 2513573 $149.15 $269.27 2008
The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four (Bk. 3 & 4) Paperback 117167 $14.96 $5.44 2006
The Faerie Queene: Complete in Five Volumes: Book One; Book Two; Books Three and Four; Book Five; Book Six and the Mutabilitie Cantos Paperback 436402 $51.24 $52.04 2008
Faerie Queene Paperback 798839 $13.46 2014
The Faerie Queene Kindle Edition 63258 $0.99 2011
Selections from The Faerie Queene Audio CD 529889 $11.28 $9.77
The Faerie Queene, Book 1 Hardcover 1217853 $23.37 $0.41
Fairy Queen (Everyman) Paperback 2833203 $68.75 $0.01 1996
Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves: Book I of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene Kindle Edition 416735 $11.00 2010
Edmund Spenser The Faerie Queene Book One: Bk. 1 (Hackett Classics) Kindle Edition 651301 $0.99 2006
Faerie Queene (The English poets) Hardcover 1369693 $168.00 $7.44 1981
Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I Paperback 830662 $9.99 $9.00 2010
Faerie Queene (Longman Annotated English Poets) Hardcover 6751581 $10.58 1977
Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I (TREDITION CLASSICS) Kindle Edition 2659323 2012
Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I (TREDITION CLASSICS) Paperback 9684855 $30.99 $40.49 2011
The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four (Bk. 3 & 4) Paperback 952754 $14.95 $6.05 2010
The Faerie Queen Paperback 8608444 $16.68 $19.51 2014
Selection from the Faerie Queene (The great works) Audio CD 3042845 $19.62 $8.69
The Faerie Queene Audible Audio Edition 71395 $4.95 2009
The Faerie Queene, Book Two (Bk. 2) Paperback 1438616 $12.95 $17.22 2010
Tales from Spenser, chosen from the Faerie Queene: School ed., with introd., notes, etc Paperback 13430048 $14.99 $2,498.00 2011
GradeSaver(TM) ClassicNotes: The Faerie Queene Kindle Edition 1608899 2011
The Works of Edmund Spenser, Vol. 1: Faerie Queene, Book 1 Paperback 1664823 $33.30 $6.27 2001
Edmund Spenser's Knight of the Red Cross: Or Holiness [The Faerie Queene, Book 1]. the Antique Spelling Is Modernized, Obsolete Words Are Displaced [&c., by W. Horton]. Paperback 1668996 $20.99 2012