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Amy Sexton English 215 10/27/08 Paper 2 ROUGH Draft Imagery of “Christian Warfare” in The Faerie Queene Edmund Spenser began his career in 1579, and was well known throughout the Elizabethan era. His work often reflected religious turbulence. Spenser s epic verse, The Faerie Queene, embodied the theme of spiritual warfare that had become increasingly popular in his time; the poem is allegorical, presenting the reader with a Christian knight who is faced with physical, as well as spiritual demons and must defeat them using spiritual weapons, such as faith. The knight s first battle, in which he is faced with the dragon Errour and is nearly killed, demonstrates that the knight, or Redcrosse, must realize the importance of faith before he can begin to discern between falsity and truth, which will then lead him to victory in spiritual warfare. Once Redcrosse embraces faith, he is then able to more deftly maneuver about his enemies through the use of spiritual, not physical weapons. The argument is often made that Spenser
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