The Faerie Queene | Study Guide

Edmund Spenser

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Arthur Arthur is a prince and knight who represents the virtue of magnificence. After falling in love with Gloriana, the Faerie Queene, he seeks her all over Faery land. He appears in all six books to aid the other knights in their quests. Read More magnificent, brave, wise
Redcrosse Knight The Redcrosse Knight is the hero of Book 1. Representing the virtue of holiness, he saves his lover Una's kingdom from a threatening dragon. His true identity is 3rd-century Catholic martyr Saint George, the patron saint of England. Read More somber, devout, holy
Guyon The knight Guyon is the hero of Book 2 and represents the virtue of temperance. His quest is to destroy the Bower of Bliss and its creator Acrasia, who represents excessive indulgence. Read More moderate, thoughtful, rational
Britomart The knight Britomart is the heroine of Book 3, although her story continues in Books 4 and 5; she represents the virtue of chastity. Her quest is to find her true love Artegall after seeing him in Merlin's magic mirror. Read More strong, levelheaded, courageous
Artegall The knight Artegall is the hero of Book 5 who represents the virtue of justice. His quest is to save Irena, whose kingdom is under siege by the giant Grantorto. He and Britomart are destined to found the British royal dynasty leading to Elizabeth I. Read More logical, intelligent
Calidore The knight Calidore is the hero of Book 6 who represents the virtue of courtesy. His quest is to capture the Blatant Beast, which is roaming through Faery land. Read More kind, generous, compassionate, polite
Abessa Abessa is Corceca's daughter in Book 1. devout, ritualistic, evil
Acrasia Acrasia is the enchantress in the Bower of Bliss. She represents excessive indulgence and is the main villain of Book 2. Guyon the knight of temperance defeats her. lustful, deceitful, indulgent
Adicia Adicia is the Souldan's wicked wife in Book 5, Canto 8. Her rage makes her turn into a tiger. evil, ambitious, angry
Adonis Adonis, Venus's lover, lives eternally under a magical tree in the Garden of Adonis. desirable
Adultery Adultery witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. adulterous
Aemylia Aemylia is a noblewoman captured by the wild man in Book 4. She is rescued by Belphoebe and reunited with her lover Amyas. noble, faithful
Aesculapius Aesculapius, who was condemned to hell, heals Sansjoy. presumptuous
Agape Agape is the faerie mother of Priamond, Dyamond, and Triamond in Book 4, Cantos 2–3. loving, maternal, ingenious
Aladine Aladine is Priscilla's lover who appears in Book 6, Cantos 2–3. He is wounded by the wicked knight but survives. grateful, modest
Aldus Aldus is Aladine's father. He shelters Priscilla and Aladine in his castle in Book 6, Canto 3. wise, concerned
Alma Alma is the ruler of the House of Temperance in Book 2, Canto 9. nourishing, maternal
Amavia Amavia is a woman in Book 2 whose lover is killed after a sojourn in the Bower of Bliss. She kills herself in grief. lovelorn, tragic
Ambition Ambition is the mistress of hell and Mammon's daughter in Book 2, Canto 7. haughty, striving
Amidas Amidas disputes his brother Bracidas over found treasure in Book 5, Canto 4. lucky, selfish
Amoret Amoret is Scudamour's lover who appears in Books 3 and 4. She was raised by Venus and captured by the evil sorcerer Busirane, though Britomart rescues her at the end of Book 3. lovesick, loyal
Amyas Amyas is Placidas's best friend. He is held captive by Poeana in Book 4 but released when Placidas takes his place. loyal, friendly, courageous
The angel in Book 2 The angel in Book 2 guards the sleeping Guyon. celestial
Apollo Marinell's mother Cymoent appeals to Apollo to heal her son. Apollo is a major god in Greek mythology, known for his power to heal and to predict the future. divine, powerful
Appetite Appetite is the Marshall in the House of Temperance in Book 2, Canto 9. jolly, friendly
Archimago Archimago is an evil wizard with the ability to disguise himself. He represents the Catholic Church. He is active in Book 1 and in the first Canto of Book 2. deceptive, wicked
Argante Argante is the lustful giantess who kidnaps the Squire of Dames in Book 3. lecherous, brutish
Arthur's squire Arthur's squire travels around with him. faithful
Astraea Astraea is the Roman goddess of justice. She is introduced in Book 5, Canto 1 as Artegall's mother. fair, wise, scholarly
Ate Ate is a hag and a powerful goddess who stirs up arguments and discord. She appears in Book 4. ruinous, powerful
Atin Atin is the attendant who warns Guyon of Pyrochles's approach in Book 2, Canto 4. He represents strife and discord. hostile
Atropos Atropos is one of the three Fates who appears in Book 4, Canto 2. powerful, magical
Authority Authority witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. powerful
Avarice Avarice, who appears in Book 1, is one of the seven deadly sins. greedy
Awe Awe is a porter at Mercilla's palace in Book 5, Canto 9. loyal, hardworking
Baby in Book 6 The baby is saved by Calepine from the Blatant Beast in Book 6, Canto 4. He becomes Matilde and Bruin's heir and later grows into a knight. young, full of potential
Bacchante Bacchante is a knight outside Malecasta's castle in Book 3, Canto 1. fierce
Basciante Basciante is a knight outside Malecasta's castle in Book 3, Canto 1. courteous
Belge Belge is a woman whose kingdom is attacked by Geryoneo in Book 5, Cantos 10–11. She represents Belgium and the other Low Countries of Europe. sorrowful, oppressed
Belge's sons Belge's sons report that their kingdom is under attack in Book 5, Canto 11 oppressed
Bellamour Bellamour is the lord of a castle and Pastorella's true father. He appears in Book 6, Canto 12. paternal, loving
Bellodant Bellodant is the lover of Radigund. nice
Belphoebe Belphoebe is a skilled, chaste huntress who lives in the woods. Her purity and skill are meant to model Queen Elizabeth I. She appears in Books 2–4. warrior, chaste, compassionate, admirable
Blandamour Blandamour, whose name indicates bland, or boring, love, is a knight in Book 4. He and Paridell have a superficial friendship. fickle, distractible, lustful
Blandina Blandina is Turpine's lady in Book 6. She pretends to be courteous but secretly aids Turpine in evil. duplicitous, flattering
Blasphemous poet The blasphemous poet is punished at Mercilla's palace with his tongue nailed to the wall in Book 5, Canto 9. slanderous, libelous, unjust
Blatant Beast The Blatant Beast is the monster Calidore pursues in Book 6. He represents the vice of slander or false statement. He survives at the end of the book and roams the world. slanderous, hateful, aggressive, loud
Bracidas Bracidas disputes with his brother, Amidas, over treasure they find in Book 5, Canto 4. Artegall determines him to be the rightful owner. unlucky, concerned
Braggadocio Braggadocio is a false, vain knight who constantly brags about his skill. In reality he is a coward and criminal. He appears in Books 2–5. vain, cowardly, braggart, shallow
Briana Briana is the woman who takes knights' and ladies' hair to win Crudor's love in Book 6, Canto 1. powerless, manipulated, repentant
Brigands The Brigands are the band of savages who capture the shepherds in Book 6. savage, wicked
Bruin Bruin is the lord of a kingdom in Book 6, Canto 4. Calepine gives his wife an abandoned baby to raise as an heir. royal, anxious
Burbon Burbon is a knight in Book 5, Canto 11 who surrenders the Redcrosse Knight's shield under pressure. He represents Henry IV (1553–1610) the king of France who converted to Catholicism. Artegall rebukes him. disloyal, dishonorable, regretful
Busirane Busirane is the wizard who captures and tortures Amoret in Book 3. Britomart defeats him in Book 3, Canto 12. wicked, sly, creative
Calepine Calepine is a courteous knight in Book 6 who searches for his lost love Serena. gentle, loyal, persistent
Cambell Cambell is a knight who exemplifies true friendship in Book 4. He is Triamond's dedicated friend and Cambina's husband. friendly, courageous
Cambina Cambina is Triamond's sister and Cambell's wife in Book 4, Cantos 2–3. She is well-versed in magic and able to soothe conflict. peaceful, wise
Canacee Canacee is Cambell's sister and Triamond's wife in Book 4, Cantos 2–3. She is a scientist and healer. clever, scholarly
Captain of the Brigands The captain of the Brigands leads the savage troop of Brigands in Book 6. He falls in love with Pastorella. barbarous, lustful
Care in Book 2 Care in Book 2 jealously guards his treasure in the underworld. avaricious
Care in Book 4 Care in Book 4 is the blacksmith Scudamour and Glauce seek shelter with. hardworking
Charissa Charissa is one of Coelia's three daughters in the House of Holiness in Book 1. charitable, loving
Cheerfulness Cheerfulness is an attendant of Venus in Book 4, Canto 10. cheerful
Chrysogonee Chrysogonee is Amoret and Belphoebe's mother. Book 3, Canto 6 describes her impregnation by a sunbeam. pure, natural
Claribell in Book 2 Claribell is the lover Phedon kills out of rage. Her story is told in Book 2, Canto 4. unfortunate
Claribell in Book 4 Claribell is a knight who fights with Blandamour, Paridell, and Druon in Book 4, Canto 9. lewd, emotional
Claribell in Book 6 Claribell is the lady of Bellamour's castle and Pastorella's true mother. She appears in Book 6, Canto 12. maternal, caregiving, wealthy
Clarinda Clarinda is Radigund's handmaid. She deceives Radigund and Artegall in Book 5, Canto 5. crafty, manipulative
Clotho Clotho is one of the three Fates who appears in Book 4, Canto 2. powerful, magical
Coelia Coelia is the matron of the House of Holiness in Book 1. heavenly, holy
Colin Clout Colin Clout is a piper who plays music for the shepherds in Book 6. He is also Spenser's alter ego in the poem. musical, creative
Columbell Columbell is the lady of the squire captured by Argante. Wise, clever, demanding
Concoction Concoction is the cook in the House of Temperance in Book 2, Canto 9. skilled, enticing
Concord Concord is a wise woman in Venus's temple. She appears in Book 4, Canto 10. peaceful, amiable, strong
Contemplation Contemplation is the old man who runs a hermitage near the holy hospital in Book 1. He is blind but gifted with heavenly sight. blind, wise, enlightened
Corflambo Corflambo is the powerful giant who captures Amyas in Book 4, Canto 8. He is killed by Arthur. strong, mighty
Coridon Coridon is a shepherd in Book 6 who envies Calidore. He survives the Brigands' massacre and gets his flocks back. envious, competitive, cowardly
Cormorant Cormorant is a giant in Book 6. He will take back Bruin's kingdom unless Bruin produces an heir. strong
Corceca Corceca is an old woman in Book 1. She practices Catholic rituals and prays the rosary. devout, ritualistic, evil
Courtesy Courtesy is an attendant of Venus in Book 4, Canto 10. courteous
Crudor Crudor is the knight who requires a mantle of knights' and ladies' hair from his lady Briana in Book 6, Canto 1. He is reformed by Calidore. impolite, aggressive, repentant
Cupid Cupid the winged God of love appears in Busirane's castle in Book 3. He is Venus's son and his arrows give him power over mortals and gods. powerful, victorious, troublemaking
Cymochles Cymochles is Pyrochles's brother and Acrasia's lover in Book 2. He is killed by Arthur. lustful, wicked
Cymoent Cymoent, a sea nymph, also called Cymodoce, is Marinell's mother. She appears in Books 3–4. maternal, protective
Cynthia Cynthia is the goddess of the moon in the Two Cantos of Mutability. powerful, celestial
Danger in Book 4 Danger is a giant whom Scudamour overcomes at the Gate of Good Desert. large
Danger in Book 5 Danger witnesses for the defense at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. frightened, wary
Decetto Decetto or deceit is an enemy of Timias in Book 6, Canto 5. He is in league with the Blatant Beast. discouraging, deceitful
Defetto Defetto or defect is an enemy of Timias in Book 6, Canto 5. He is in league with the Blatant Beast. discouraging, malicious
Delay Delay is a guard at the bridge to Venus's palace in Book 4, Canto 10. distracting
Despair Despair is a cave dweller in Book 1 who nearly convinces the Redcrosse Knight to commit suicide. discouraging, melancholy
Despetto Despetto or spite is an enemy of Timias in Book 6, Canto 5. He is in league with the Blatant Beast. spiteful, malicious
Detraction Detraction is a hag who insults Artegall in Book 5, Canto 12. repulsive, slanderous, aggressive
Diana Diana is the goddess of the hunt who raises Belphoebe. She appears in Book 3 and in the Two Cantos of Mutability, where she punishes a faun who discovers her bathing in the woods. skilled, chaste, independent
Dice Dice is an assistant to Mercilla in Book 5, Canto 9. She is one of the Hours. just, wise, fair
Diet Diet is the steward in the House of Temperance in Book 2, Canto 9. aged, somber
Digestion Digestion is the kitchen clerk in the House of Temperance in Book 2, Canto 9. hardworking
Disdain Disdain is a giant who appears in the underworld in Book 2. He later travels with Mirabella in Book 6 as part of her punishment. contemptuous, hateful
Dolon Dolon is an old man and former knight who wants revenge on Artegall for killing his son. In Book 5, Canto 6 he almost kills Britomart instead. vengeful, deceitful
Dony Dony is Florimell's dwarf who searches for her in Books 3 and 5. loyal, devoted
Doubt Doubt is the two-faced guard at the bridge to Venus's palace in Book 4, Canto 10. duplicitous, tricky
Dragon The dragon is the hellish foe the Redcrosse Knight defeats at the end of Book 1. He represents the enemy in the English legend of St. George and the dragon. formidable, demonic
Druon Druon is a knight who fights with Blandamour, Paridell, and Claribell in Book 4, Canto 9. stern, superficial
Duessa Duessa is a deceiver who appears in different disguises throughout the poem. Her true form is a beastly old woman. In Book 1 she disguises herself as the pure lady Fidessa. When she appears again in Book 5 she is on trial for her crimes and is sentenced to death. wicked, deceptive, shameful
Dwarf in Book 1 The dwarf in Book 1 accompanies the Redcrosse Knight and Una on their quest in Book 1. loyal
Dwarf in Book 4 The dwarf in Book 4, Cantos 8–9 is Corflambo's servant and Placidas's guard. loyal
Dyamond Dyamond is the brother of Priamond and Triamond in Book 4, Cantos 2–3. strong, brave
Ease Ease is the leader of the troupe of performers in Busirane's castle. playful
Eirene Eirene is an assistant to Mercilla in Book 5, Canto 9. She is one of the Hours. peaceful
Elissa Elissa is the eldest of three sisters in Book 2, Canto 2. She represents a deficiency of passion. stingy, rude
Emiline Emiline is Tristram's mother. caring
Enias Enias is a young knight hired by Turpine to kill Arthur in Book 6, Canto 7. He abandons Turpine and becomes Arthur's companion. inexperienced, eager
Ennui Ennui, who appears in Book 1, is one of the seven deadly sins. bored
Envy Envy is a hag who insults Artegall in Book 5, Canto 12. She carries a dead snake. jealous, rude
Error Error is a monster the Redcrosse Knight defeats in Book 1. He represents false Catholic Church doctrine—as Spenser views them—such as using rituals in worship and representing God using objects and images. false, wicked
Eumnestes Eumnestes is the old man on the upper floors of Book 2, Canto 9's House of Temperance. He represents memory or remembrance of history. brilliant, ancient, skilled
Eunomie Eunomie is an assistant to Mercilla in Book 5, Canto 9. She is one of the Hours. harmonious
Faerie Queene The Faerie Queene, also known as Gloriana, is the queen of Faery land and the titular character. She represents the glory of Queen Elizabeth I's reign in England. glorious, admirable, exalted
False Florimell The false Florimell is an enchantment created by a witch in Book 3. Many knights desire her and name her the most beautiful woman in a Book 4 tournament. She disappears in Book 5 once the real Florimell stands beside her. artificial, shallow, alluring
False Una The false Una is an enchantment created by Archimago to seduce the Redcrosse Knight. imaginary
Faunus Faunus is the nymph who spies on Diana and faces punishment in the Cantos of Mutability. foolish, immature
Ferramont Ferramont is a knight who falls off his horse in Book 4, Canto 4. noble
Ferraugh Ferraugh is the knight who wins the false Florimell from Braggadocio in Book 3, Canto 8. skilled, gullible
Fidelia Fidelia is one of Coelia's three daughters in the House of Holiness in Book 1. faithful
Fidessa Fidessa is the enchantress Duessa in disguise; she travels with Sansfoy in Book 1. faithful
Fisher The fisher captures Florimell in Book 3, Canto 8. lecherous
Florimell Florimell is a woman who leaves the royal court to seek her lover Marinell in Books 3 and 4. She is constantly pursued by lustful men. In Book 5 she and Marinell marry. timid, fearful, loyal
Flourdelis Flourdelis is Burbon's lover. She represents the disloyal citizens of France in Book 5, Canto 11. Artegall rebukes her for letting Grantorto tempt her. disloyal, repentant
Foster The Foster is a wicked creature who pursues Florimell in Book 3, Canto 1. beastly, lustful
Fradubio Fradubio is a man turned into a tree by the sorceress Duessa. He warns the Redcrosse Knight about Duessa in Book 1. cursed
Furor Furor is the wrathful spirit in Book 2, Canto 4. He captures Phedon and is subdued by Guyon. enraged
Gardante Gardante is a knight outside Malecasta's castle in Book 3, Canto 1. He wounds Britomart in a fight. jolly, lecherous
Genius Genius is the gatekeeper of the Bower of Bliss and the porter of the Garden of Adonis. tall, handsome
Geryoneo Geryoneo is the monster who invades and destroys Belge's country in Book 5, Cantos 10–11. He represents Catholic Spain's domination of Europe. Arthur kills him. impious, idolatrous, oppressive
Glauce Glauce is Britomart's nurse and squire, who travels with her in Book 3. In Book 4 she and Britomart are separated and she travels with Scudamour. She often handles disputes between friends and lovers. wise, diplomatic
Gluttony Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins; he appears in Book 1. always eating
Gorlois Gorlois is Artegall's father and brother to a Cornish king. renowned, brave
Graces The Graces are Venus's daughters who dance in the countryside in Book 6. civil, courteous, gracious
Grantorto Grantorto is the giant who holds Irena and her kingdom hostage in Book 5. He represents Irish Catholic rebels. Artegall kills him. savage, powerful
The giant in Book 5 The giant promises to administer justice by weighing the sea and earth on his scales in Book 5, Canto 2. Artegall proves him wrong and Talus kills him. pompous, popular, argumentative
Grief Grief witnesses for the defense at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. grieving
Grille Grille is a man turned into a hog by Acrasia. He chooses to remain a hog. animalistic
Guizor Guizor was killed by Artegall before the narration begins. deceitful, manipulative
Guizor's brothers Guizor's brothers vow revenge on Artegall for killing Guizor. Britomart kills them in Book 5, Canto 6. vengeful, angry
Hate Hate is the elder but weaker brother who guards Concord in Book 4, Canto 10. old, weak, contemptuous
Hellenore Hellenore is Malbecco's young wife who appears in Book 3, Cantos 9–10. She leaves Malbecco and joins the satyrs. impulsive, lustful, desirable
Hermit in Book 6 The Hermit is a former knight who renounced courtly life. In Book 6, Cantos 5–6 he tells Serena and Timias how to heal from the Blatant Beast's wounds. wise, faithful, isolated
Huddibras Huddibras is Elissa's lover in Book 2, Canto 2. melancholy, foolish
Humility Humility is the ancient porter in the House of Holiness in Book 1. humble, pious
Idlenesse Idlenesse, who appears in Book 1, is one of the seven deadly sins. idle
Ignaro Ignaro, also called Ignorance, is an old man in Orgoglio's castle. ignorant
Imagination Imagination is the first advisor in the Castle of Temperance. He has foreknowledge of the future. prescient
Impatience Impatience is an enemy hag who attacks the House of Temperance in Book 2, Canto 11. restless, frustrated, evil
Impiety Impiety witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. impious
Impotence Impotence is an enemy hag who attacks the House of Temperance in Book 2, Canto 11. lame, wicked, powerless
Incontinence Incontinence witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. incontinent
Iocante Iocante is a knight outside Malecasta's castle in Book 3, Canto 1. lecherous
Irena Irena, also spelled Eirena, is a ruler whose kingdom is besieged by Grantorto in Book 5. Artegall restores her rule. patient, anxious, besieged
Isis Isis is an Egyptian queen who embodies equity in Book 5, Canto 7. compassionate, powerful
Ixion Ixion is a mythological figure who is bound to a wheel of iron guilty
Jove Jove, also known as Jupiter or Zeus, is the king of the gods. He argues against Mutability's case in the Two Cantos of Mutability. royal, strong
Justice Justice witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. just, righteous
King in Book 1 The king in Book 1 is Una's father, whose kingdom is under siege by a dragon. besieged, faithful
Kingdoms care Kingdoms care is a witness against Duessa at her trial. old man
Kirkrapine Kirkrapine is a church robber in Book 1 who gives his spoils to Abessa and Corceca. cunning, corrupt
Lachesis Lachesis is one of the three Fates who appears in Book 4, Canto 2. powerful, magical
Lady in Book 6, Canto 1 The lady in Book 6, Canto 1 is captured by Maleffort and saved by Calidore. vulnerable
Law of Nations Law of Nations witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. powerful, political
Lechery Lechery, who appears in Book 1, is one of the seven deadly sins (often called lust). He loves every woman he sees. lecherous
The lion The lion is Una's protector in Book 1 until Sansloy kills him. faithful, defender
Love Love is the younger but stronger brother who guards Concord in Book 4, Canto 10. young, passionate
Lucifera Lucifera is the queen of the House of Pride in Book 1. vain, glorious, worshipped
Lucy Lucy is Bracidas's lover in Book 5, Canto 4. She discovers the treasure the two brothers fight over. modest, poor, loyal
Malbecco Malbecco is the old man who guards his riches and his attractive wife Hellenore in Book 3, Cantos 9–10. He eventually becomes Jealousy itself. jealous, miserly, possessive
Malecasta Malecasta is the ruler of Castle Joyous in Book 3, Canto 1. alluring, superficial
Maleffort Maleffort is Briana's enforcer in Book 6, Canto 1. He captures squires and ladies to take their hair. Calidore kills him. brutal, discourteous, lazy
Malegar Malegar leads the attack on the House of Temperance in Book 2, Canto 11. He represents mortal pain, sickness, and death. Arthur defeats him by taking him away from his mother earth. powerful, vulnerable
Malengin Malengin is a shapeshifting thief who lives in a cave in Book 5, Canto 9. Talus and Artegall kill him. brilliant, crafty, deceitful
Mammon Mammon is the wicked miser in Book 2, Canto 7 who represents love of money. He brings Guyon to the underworld and unsuccessfully tempts him. greedy, superficial, evil
Marinell Marinell is a knight descended from a man and a sea nymph. He is introduced in Book 3 when Britomart wounds him. He eventually becomes Florimell's lover. proud, strong, vulnerable
Matilde Matilde is a lady longing for an heir in Book 6, Canto 4. Calepine gives her an abandoned baby to raise. sorrowful, anxious
Medina Medina is one of three sisters in Book 2, Canto 2. She represents the golden mean of temperance between two extremes. moderate, compassionate, peaceful
Melibee Melibee is a shepherd in Book 6 who rejected courtly life for farm life. He raised Pastorella after finding her as a baby. He is killed by the Brigands. wise, lowly, humble
Meliogras Meliogras is a king of Cornwall and Tristram's father. Good, fatherly
Melissa Melissa is a handmaid in Claribell's castle. She discovers Pastorella's birthmark, proving her ancestry in Book 6, Canto 12. helpful
Memory Memory is the third advisor in the Castle of Temperance; he has long memory of the past. wise
Mercilla Mercilla is the wise judge who represents mercy, a crucial element of justice, in Book 5. She presides over Duessa's trial and delivers the verdict. fair, merciful, gracious, wise
Mercy Mercy is the head of the holy hospital the Redcrosse Knight visits in Book 1, Canto 10. merciful, industrious
Merlin Merlin is a wizard in Arthurian legend. His magic mirror gives Britomart the vision of Artegall which causes her to fall in love. In Book 3 he tells Britomart about her destiny to found a royal dynasty. prophetic, mysterious, wise
Middle-aged man The middle-aged man in the upper floors of Book 2, Canto 9's House of Temperance represents reason, judgment, and the assessment of things as they are. wise, contemplative, rational
Mirabella Mirabella is a lady who appears in Book 6, Cantos 7–8. She is forced to wander with Scorn and Disdain as a punishment for rejecting her lovers. insolent, haughty, repentant
Modesty Modesty is an attendant of Venus in Book 4, Canto 10. modest
Molanna Molanna is the nymph who helps Faunus spy on Diana in the Cantos of Mutability. vulnerable, easily tricked
Mordant Mordant, whose name alludes to deadly sarcastic wit—the Latin root word mordēre means "to bite"—is a man who dies after a sojourn in the Bower of Bliss in Book 2. He represents man's mortality. unfaithful, unlucky
Munera Munera is Pollente's daughter who keeps the spoils Pollente steals from travelers in Book 5, Canto 2. Talus kills her. greedy, ambitious
Murder Murder witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. deadly
Mutability Mutability, whose name means Change, is the Titan goddess who rules Earth. In the Two Cantos of Mutability she argues she should rule the heavens as well. jaughty, ambitious, influential
Nature Nature rules over the heavens and the earth. She is the judge in the Two Cantos of Mutability. wise, generous, mysterious
Neptune Neptune is the king of the sea gods who appears in Book 4, Canto 12. royal, mighty
Night The goddess Night appears in Book 1. powerful
Nobility Nobility witnesses for the defense at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. noble
Noctante Noctante is a knight outside Malecasta's castle in Book 3, Canto 1. lecherous
Obedience Obedience is an attendant of Venus in Book 4, Canto 10. obedient
Occasion Occasion is the hag in Book 2, Canto 4. She is Furor's mother, indicating wrath needs an occasion to thrive. Guyon subdues her. angry, opportunistic
Ollyphant Ollyphant is a giant who appears in Book 3, Canto 11. He is the brother of the giant Argante. vicious, vile, beastly
Order Order is a porter at Mercilla's palace in Book 5, Canto 9. orderly
Orgoglio Orgoglio is a proud giant who imprisons the Redcrosse Knight in Book 1. proud, evil, demonic
Osyris Osyris is an Egyptian king who embodies justice in Book 5, Canto 7. just, powerful, lofty
Paladine Paladine is the female knight who tried to rescue the squire captured by Argante. chivalrous, faithful to vows
The Palmer The Palmer is Guyon's wise and reasonable assistant in Book 2. wise, temperate, loyal
Paridell Paridell is a knight who appears in Books 3 and 4. He briefly falls in love with Hellenore and has a superficial friendship with Blandamour. lustful, desirable, destructive
Parlante Parlante is a knight outside Malecasta's castle in Book 3, Canto 1. bold
Pastorella Pastorella is the shepherdess in Book 6 who falls in love with Calidore. She is later revealed to have noble ancestry. cheerful, humble, kind
Perissa Perissa is the youngest of three sisters in Book 2, Canto 2. She represents an excess of passion. frivolous, indulgent
Phaedria Phaedria is an enchanting woman who tries to tempt Guyon in Book 2, Canto 6. idle, charming
Phantastes Phantastes or Fantasy is the youth in the upper floors of Book 2, Canto 9's House of Temperance. He represents imagination and the vision of things to come. fanciful, visionary
Phedon Phedon is a man in Book 2, Canto 4 whose intemperance causes him to murder his lover and best friend. impulsive, vengeful
Philemon Philemon is the friend Phedon kills out of rage. His story is told in Book 2, Canto 4. unlucky
Philtera Philtera is Amidas's lover in Book 5, Canto 4. She left Bracidas for Amidas once Amidas's wealth increased. wealthy, disloyal
Pity Pity witnesses for the defense at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. piteous
Placidas Placidas is Amyas's best friend in Book 4. He sacrifices his freedom to save Amyas when he is held captive. sacrificial, loyal, generous
Pleasure Pleasure is Venus's daughter, with whom Amoret grows up. good-natured
Poeana Poeana is Corflambo's daughter. She marries Placidas in Book 4. frivolous, vain
Pollente Pollente is the guard of a bridge in Book 5, Canto 2. He tortures and extorts travelers. Artegall defeats him. manipulative, greedy
Pontius Pilate Pontius Pilate (d. 36 BCE) appears in the underworld in Book 2, eternally washing his hands. guilty
Prays-desire Prays-desire is the melancholy lady in Book 2, Canto 9's House of Temperance; she talks with Arthur. somber, hopeful
Priamond Priamond is the eldest of three brothers in Book 4, Cantos 2–3. stout, brave
Priest of Isis The priest serves in the court of Isis in Book 5, Canto 7. He advises Britomart about the meaning of her dream. wise, visionary
Priscilla Priscilla is Aladine's lover. She is threatened by the wicked knight in Book 6, Cantos 2–3 after he catches her in a glade with Aladine. anxious, modest
Proteus Proteus is a sea god and prophet who imprisons Florimell in Book 3. prophetic, powerful, lustful
Pyrene Pyrene is Claribell's handmaid, whose story is told in Book 2, Canto 4. Phedon nearly kills her because of his rage at Claribell. timid
Pyrochles Pyrochles is the angry fighter set on fire by Furor and killed by Arthur in Book 2. enraged, opportunistic
Queen in Book 1 The queen is Una's mother whose kingdom is under siege by a dragon in Book 1. besieged, faithful
Radigund Radigund is the powerful queen of the Amazons in Book 5. She forces knights into service for her and captures Artegall after defeating him in battle. She is eventually bested by Britomart. proud, warlike, vengeful
Reason Reason is the second advisor in the Castle of Temperance. He has understanding of the present. wise
Regard of Womanhood Regard of Womanhood witnesses for the defense at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. piteous
Religion Religion witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. faithful
Reverence Reverence is an assistant to Mercilla in Book 5, Canto 9. reverent
Ruddymane Ruddymane is Amavia and Mordant's baby in Book 2; he survives his parents. young, cursed
Samient Samient is a woman in Mercilla's court who appears in Book 5, Cantos 8–9. merciful, vulnerable
Sanglier Sanglier is an evil traveler who kills his own lady in Book 5, Canto 1. Artegall punishes him by making him carry her head. evil, unjust
Sansfoy Sansfoy is one of three evil brother knights who threaten the Redcrosse Knight in Book 1. The Redcrosse Knight kills him. faithless, evil
Sansjoy One of three evil brother knights in Book 1, Sansjoy comes to the House of Pride to avenge Sansfoy's death by battling the Redcrosse Knight. joyless, aggressive
Sansloy Sansloy is one of three evil brother knights in Book 1. He briefly captures Una. In Book 2 he reappears briefly as the lover of the indulgent Perissa. lawless, evil
Satyrane Satyrane is a knight who is half man and half goat. He appears in Books 1, 3, and 4. witty, courageous, skilled in battle
Savage man The savage man dwells in the woods. He rescues Calepine and Serena in Book 6 and eventually becomes Arthur's travel companion. He is courteous despite his lowly appearance. bestial, compassionate, loyal, humane
Sclaunder Sclaunder is an old woman who abuses her guests in Book 4, Canto 8. malicious, slanderous
Scorn Scorn is the fool who travels with Mirabella as part of her punishment in Book 6, Cantos 7–8. contemptuous, mocking
Scudamour Scudamour, also spelled Scudamore, is the knight Amoret loves. He appears in Book 4. chivalrous, amorous, emotional
Sedition Sedition witnesses for the prosecution at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. unfaithful
Serena Serena is Calepine's lady in Book 6. She suffers a wound from the Blatant Beast and is captured by a savage nation but eventually reunited with Calepine. tranquil, worried
Sergis Sergis is the knight who informs Artegall of Irena's impending death in Book 5, Canto 11. concerned, loyal
Shamefastness in Book 2 Shamefastness is the shy lady in Book 2, Canto 9's House of Temperance; she talks with Guyon. bashful, sweet
Shamefastness in Book 4 Shamefastness is one of Venus's attendants in Book 4. ashamed
Silence Silence is an attendant of Venus in Book 4, Canto 10. quiet
Sisyphus Sisyphus is a mythological figure who rolls a boulder up a mountain for eternity. strong
Souldan The Souldan is a pagan lord who wants to destroy Mercilla's kingdom in Book 5, Canto 8. Arthur kills him. wicked, ambitious
Speranza Speranza is one of Coelia's three daughters in the House of Holiness in Book 1. hopeful
Squire in Book 5 The Squire loses his lady to Sanglier in Book 5, Canto 1. unfortunate
Squire in Book 6, Canto 1 The Squire is bound to a tree by Maleffort and saved by Calidore. unlucky, vulnerable
The Squire of Dames The Squire of Dames is a squire whose lover challenges him to woo as many women as possible. He appears in Book 3. charming, lustful
Sylvanus Sylvanus is king of the satyrs, a forest race of creatures who are half man and half goat. He meets Una in Book 1. wild, respectful
Talus Talus is Artegall's iron man and henchman in Book 5. He represents a violent, retributive form of justice. brutal, just, loyal
Tantalus Tantalus, a figure from Greek mythology, suffers the temptation of food that's just out of reach. hungry
Temperance Temperance is an assistant to Mercilla in Book 5, Canto 9. temperate, moderate
Terpine Terpine is a man Artegall and Talus save from the Amazons in Book 5, Canto 4. He is later hanged when Radigund beats Artegall in battle. unlucky
Terwin Terwin is a man who succumbs to Despair in Book 1. despairing, sad
Timias Timias is Arthur's squire who appears in Books 1–6. He and Arthur are separated for much of the poem. Timias falls in love with Belphoebe. Though a misunderstanding separates the two lovers they eventually reconcile. Timias and Arthur also reunite after separate ordeals. honorable, loving, determined
Treusian Treusian is a man who runs from Despair in Book 1 and warns the Redcrosse Knight about the danger. frightened
Triamond Triamond is a knight who exemplifies true friendship in Book 4. He is Cambell's dedicated friend and Canacee's husband. He is the youngest of three brothers and the only surviving brother after a deadly battle. friendly, courageous, fraternal, stout, strong
Tristram Tristram is a youth who kills the wicked knight in Book 6, Canto 2. At his request Calidore makes him a squire. eager, noble, inexperienced
Tristram's uncle Tristram's uncle wants the throne Tristram will inherit. envious, skeeming
Trompart Trompart is Braggadocio's wicked, deceitful squire in Books 2–5. deceitful, crafty
Tryphon Tryphon is the sea god who heals Marinell in Book 3. healing, wise
Turpine Turpine is a wicked knight who demonstrates discourtesy in Book 6 until Arthur defeats him. rude, abusive
Una Una is the Redcrosse Knight's lady in Book 1. Her kingdom is under siege by a dragon. She represents the one true church of Protestant England. wise, faithful
Venus Venus is the goddess of love who raises Amoret. She appears in Books 3–4. fruitful, loving, powerful
Verdant Verdant is Acrasia's lover in Book 2, Canto 12. young, lustful
Wicked knight The wicked knight appears in Book 6, Canto 2. He forces his lady to walk on foot, pursues Priscilla, and wounds Aladine. He is killed by Tristram. evil, lustful, rude
Wicked knight's lady The wicked knight's lady is rejected and forced to walk on foot in Book 6, Canto 2. Tristram takes her to recover after slaying the wicked knight. unfortunate, mistreated
Wild man The wild man kidnaps Amoret and Aemylia in Book 4, Canto 7. savage, lustful
Witch in Book 3 The witch appears in Book 3, Cantos 7–8. She sends a beast after Florimell and later creates a false Florimell to pacify her son. wicked, crafty, resourceful
Witch's son The witch's son falls in love with Florimell in Book 3. immature, childish
Womanhood Womanhood is an attendant of Venus in Book 4, Canto 10. maternal, wise, protective
Wrath Wrath, who appears in Book 1, is one of the seven deadly sins. angry
Zeal Zeal is the prosecutor and accuser at Duessa's trial in Book 5, Canto 9. zealous, passionate
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