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Amy Sexton English 215 11/6/08 Sec 308 Paper 2 FINAL Draft Imagery of “Christian Warfare” in The Faerie Queene Edmund Spenser began his career in 1579. He was one of the most well known authors of the Elizabethan era. Many of Spenser’s works divulged in Protestantism and Catholicism. Spenser wrote The Faerie Queen during Queen Elizabeth's reign, which was a time of intense religious strife between the Christians and the Protestants. This was right after the rule of ‘Bloody Mary’, the persecutor who killed hundreds of Reformers and Protestants. (OED, “Christianity) One of Spenser’s most famous works, The Faerie Queene , uses symbolism and imagery to represent Protestantism and Roman Catholic belief. In addition to symbolically representing religion, Spenser represents the aspects of good and evil in his main characters throughout The Faerie Queene. Spenser’s work is considered didactic, in which he uses his main characters, RedCrosse Knight, Una, and Duessa, to deliberately teach a moral lesson to his readers. Edmund Spenser uses the characters Red Crosse Knight, Una, and Duessa to represent aspects of the Roman Catholic and Protestant religion. In the beginning of The Faerie Queene , RedCrosse Knight is portrayed as “a Gentle Knight”(I.I.i) According to the OED, “gentle” means “of persons: Having the character appropriate to one of good birth; noble, generous, courteous. Frequently in the phrase a gentle knight .”(OED, ‘gentle’) RedCrosse Knight is described in the very first lines of Canto 1 as a virtuous and kind human being. “Ycladd in mightie armes and silver shielde, Wherein old dints of deepe wounds did remaine, The cruell markes of many a
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bloudy fielde; Yet armes till that time did he never wield.” (I.I.i) RedCrosse Knight wears the armor of a Christian man. Spenser describes this in his letter to Ralegh. The armor bears the dents of every Christian fight against evil. The armor is also described vividly by the Apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians. “Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. To stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,
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