The Faerie Queene Book 1 Canto 1 Summary And Analysis

The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene


Newly knighted and prepared to prove his stuff, Redcrosse, the hero of this book, is embarking on his first adventure: to assist a princess named Una get obviate a pesky dragon that’s bothering her parents and kingdom. So, she, Redcrosse, and her dwarf-assistant all head bent her home.


But before they get very far, they stray during forest and wander into the cave of a monster named Error who Redcrosse—just barely—defeats. After this riveting beginning, they soon encounter a person they think is an old hermit but seems to truly be a strong and sneaky magician named Archimago.


Not suspecting his malicious motives, the group goes back to his house with him for a few much-needed R & R. But sadly, that is the last item they get… since Archimago uses his magic to construct a false version of Una, one who makes some uncomfortable sexual advances toward Redcrosse that provoke him to close up and leave without her.


The real Una, meanwhile, wakes up stunned and hurt to seek out her knight Redcrosse gone.


As Redcrosse makes his way, he comes upon a knight named Sans Foy with a woman. Redcrosse kills Sans Foy and takes up with the woman, not realizing she’s a crafty witch named Duessa. the 2 of them stop by some trees for a rest but quickly discover that these trees are people—most notably a man named Fraudubio—who is transformed by a curse performed by that very same Duessa (but nobody except Duessa makes this connection).


Meanwhile, poor Una is wandering alone trying to find Redcrosse and she or he looks so pure and sad that a lion joins up together with her to be her protector. Aww. She and therefore the lion spend an uncomfortable evening within the house of two wicked women and a thief (who the lion kills) then run into Archimago disguised as Redcrosse.


However, before much happens, they’re interrupted by Sans Loy—the brother of Sans Foy—who’s seeking vengeance for the death of his brother. Archimago manages to elude him, but he snatches Una away.


Back to Redcrosse. He and Duessa reach an expensive spot called the House of Pride and meet its mistress, Lucifera, who puts on a reasonably disturbing performance involving the Seven Deadly Sins. Lucifera then puts on a tournament, and Redcrosse fights Sans Joy (you guessed it, the opposite brother of Sans Foy) and almost kills him until Duessa protects him (it seems they need a touch of thing happening the side) by taking him to be healed within the house of Night. When she returns, she finds Redcrosse has left.


Una, in the meantime, is rescued from the clutches of Sans Loy by some friendly satyrs and shortly comes across the knight Satyrane who helps Una search for Redcrosse. They find Archimago, who lies and tells them that Redcrosse is dead, which devastates Una. As she grieves, an unhappy Sans Loy catches up with them and fights with Styrene.


Duessa, who’s been looking everywhere for Redcrosse, finally finds him and therefore the two shares an intimate moment. This moment is followed by the attack of the enormous Orgoglio, who defeats Redcrosse because Redcrosse is depleted from his intimate encounter. Orgoglio throws Redcrosse into prison and starts dating Duessa.


Now Una hears that Redcrosse isn’t dead but thrown into prison and fortunately runs into Arthur, who agrees to assist her to rescue him. They leave to the castle of Orgoglio where Arthur fights him, wins, and frees Redcrosse (who’s feeling pretty bummed). Arthur then captures Duessa and divulges her for who she is. Arthur then tells Redcrosse and Una a touch bit about himself and his love for Gloriana, then heads off on his way.


Redcrosse hasn’t recovered from his ordeal yet and is lead by another despairing knight, Trevison, to the cave of Despair where Redcrosse is nearly talked into committing suicide. But Una saves him within the nick of your time. Realizing that Redcrosse needs some serious help, Una takes him to the House of Holiness, where Redcrosse recovers and learns about true religion.


Rejuvenated, Redcrosse and Una finally reach Una’s kingdom and Redcrosse fights the dragon. The dragon almost kills Redcrosse twice, but whenever Redcrosse manages to rally. Victorious, Redcrosse slays the dragon.


In celebration, Una and Redcrosse are engaged, but the festivities are interrupted by a message from Duessa claiming that she’s already engaged to Redcrosse. Redcrosse explains that she tricked him and therefore the messenger is revealed to be Archimago. most are relieved to listen to Redcrosse’s innocence, but Redcrosse soon must leave to satisfy his duty to the Faerie Queene. The Faerie Queene read more…

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• We meet a young and delicate knight riding through a clear. He’s wearing armor that has seen action, but he must have just acquired the armor since he is inexperienced.

• He looks like a good-humored quite guy, definitely ready for a few fighting.

• On the breastplate of his armor, and his shield, a bloody cross is painted, out of respect and adoration for Jesus and his crucifixion. (Hint: this also tells us this guy is perhaps the Mr. Redcrosse Knight named within the title.)


• Redcrosse may be a very faithful and constant knight, dedicated to Jesus, but he also seems a touch sad.

• We learn that he’s close to begin an exciting adventure given to him by Queen Gloriana, the queen of Faerie land, but also regard to Elizabeth.The Faerie Queene read more…

• He wants to impress the queen and keeps hoping something exciting will happen so that he can prove his worth.

• The quest he’s been sent on is to slay a fearsome dragon.


• Riding next to him, on a white donkey, maybelovely lady, also very white but whose face is hidden under a black veil. She looks deeply sad, and by her sidewalks a milk-white lamb.

• The lady is simply as virtuous because the lamb, and she’s from a formerly great and powerful royalty.

• But, sadly, that family has been ruined by the fear of 1 scary dragon, and it’s to assist her and her family out that Redcrosse has haunted this quest.

• Pulling up the rear may be a dwarf, who’s going quite slowly, which is sensible since the poor guy is responsible for carrying all her stuff.


• As they walk, it gets very cloudy and suddenly breaks into a terrible storm.

• The rain falls so severely that all of them realize they have to seek out cover.

• As luck would have it, a pleasant shady grove happens to be nearby. They think it’d be an honest place to rest since it’s extremely, very dark and filled with windy paths leading into the forest (hint: this doesn’t sound sort of a good place to rest).

• In they are going, and happily, they will hear some birds chirping, who must even be hiding from the storm. The birds certainly are happy about what percentage wonderful trees there are here: Pine; Cedar; Elm; Poplar; Oak, Laurel, Fir, Willow, Birch, Myrrh, Beech, Ash, Olive, Plantae, Holme, Maple (so, just about every tree ever).

• They wander around this tree-filled area until the storm passes, but, surprise-surprise, they’ve gotten lost; there are with great care many various ways to travel they start to doubt themselves and become completely confused.

• Finally, they only choose the one that appears most used and figure that’s an honest sign.

• Soon, they get to a subside the thickest a part of the forest and Redcrosse dismounts to research.

• The lady warns him to take care, reminding them that they need no idea where they’re which danger can lurk anywhere, sometimes emerging with none prior notice. Good warning.


• Redcrosse says it might be cowardly to not investigate, and besides, he’s an honest person, and good people prevail even through the darkness.

• Not really, says the woman. She now knows where they’re (terrible timing!) and it’s such a nasty place she would rather have Redcrosse be a touch cowardly than face it.

• But it’s too late! She goes on to elucidate that they need to be arrived in “Errours den” which Error may be a horrible monster. The dwarf recommends they leave immediately. We agree.

• But Redcrosse doesn’t listen and in he goes into the cave and sees the monster: half-serpent, half-woman.


• Her tail is large, and filled with knots and stingers, and takes up most of the cave. She has thousands of little monster babies, also weirdly shaped, who were feeding off her but after seeing Redcrosse, jump into her mouth.The Faerie Queene read more…

• Weird.

• Error isn’t happy to ascertain Redcrosse, and rushes toward him but is momentarily postpone by the shine of his armor since she hates the light.

• Redcrosse takes advantage of this and attacks her, forcing her to not leave, and strikes her shoulder.


• She’s momentarily dazed by the blow, on the other hand becomes even angrier, rushes on top of Redcrosse and wraps him up together with her tail.

• The lady, seeing that things aren’t going well, urges Redcrosse to strangle the monster before the monster strangles him.

• Redcrosse manages to free one among his arms and grabs the monster by the throat, which loosens her hold on him, but also causes her to vomit out disgusting poison, that not only smells horrible but is additionally crammed with books, papers, frogs, and toads.

• This vomit is simply like when the Nile in Egypt inundates, and out of its slush a bunch of weird creatures is born.


• Brain bite! The Nile is that the major river in Egypt and each year it inundates or overflows, onto its banks providing much-needed irrigation for the soil. While there’s certainly diverse wildlife near the Nile, there are not any strange monsters.

• The smell of the poisonous vomit is so bad that Redcrosse loses his strength. Seeing this, the monster then unleashes all her little offspring on him. They’re annoying, but don’t seem ready to hurt him.

• Redcrosse feels a bit like a shepherd, who, when the sun sets, gets attacked by gnats. they do not hurt, but they sure are annoying and hard to urge obviate.

• Redcrosse is now really angry, and afraid not such a lot of dying but of the shame of not winning, so he vows to win and rushes at her with god-like strength… and cuts off her head.


• Her children freak out when she dies and run over and begin drinking her blood, “making her death their life” (I.i.25).

• Redcrosse is pretty grossed out by this and watches as each little monster, after drinking up his mother, actually bursts apart and dies.

• Redcrosse thinks they deserve their death and is happy that these gross little enemies killed themselves with none help from him.

• The lady sees Redcrosse’s victory and congratulates him, saying that he has shown himself to deserve armor which he has won an excellent victory—she hopes many other great victories are in his future.


• They then find their answer of the forest by sticking to at least one path and following it to the top and continue on their journey trying to find adventures.

• After an extended time, they are available across an old man with bare feet, an extended grey beard, and a book hanging from his belt.

• He seems extremely sad, perhaps repenting for something he’s done.

• Redcrosse greets him and asks if he knows any super cool adventures within the area that he could begin.


• The old man, pretty reasonably, asks Redcrosse why within the world an old hermit (who doesn’t know anything about the planet but just sits and repents) would know something like that.

• However, he can tell all of them about an evil man who has done terrible things to the country they’re in. Redcrosse responds that he would like to hear about someone like that since that is the quite one that knights just live to kill.

• The old man responds that this evil person lives during a distant wilderness that no living soul goes to.

• The lady interjects and reminds Redcrosse that he’s pretty wiped out from his last adventure which he might want to rest that night before embarking on another fight.


• The old man chimes in and agrees with the woman, and Redcrosse is convinced. all of them spend the night with the old man.

• The old man lives during a hermitage (a secluded holy place), distant from anyone else, with an adjoining chapel where he frequently prays.

• Even though the old man’s house is not the most happening spot, all of them enjoy resting and hearing the stories the old man tells.

• Night falls and that they all sleep very heavily… maybe too heavily. The old man seems to be a magician and casts spells on them to offer them nightmares. Bummer.The Faerie Queene read more…


• He casts spells that decision up the wife of the god of the dead, other terrible magicians, and evil spirits from the underworld, one among whom he sends off to hold a message, another to remain with him and help together with his evil mischief.

• The messenger spirit heads straight for Morpheus, the god of sleep, who lives deep within the earth.

• Even though the gates to Morpheus’s house are locked, the spirit easily goes in and finds Morpheus. But he’s sound asleep, lulled by soft noises from his cave, completely oblivious to the spirit’s presence.

• The spirit tries everything to wake him up, finally mentioning the dreaded name of Hecate, a fearful witch, which directly rouses the sleeping Morpheus.


• The spirit explains that he has been sent by a magician named Archimago (the old man) which Archimago wants Morpheus to offer Redcrosse, the lady, and therefore the dwarf false dreams.

• Morpheus agrees and finds a weird dream to offer the spirit. The spirit then takes the dream back with him to Archimago.

• Meanwhile, Archimago has been busy. He’s turned the second spirit into a lady who looks exactly just like the lady, who we only now determine is known as Una.

• When the spirit returns with the dream, Archimago sends it to Redcrosse and teaches the second spirit to imitate Una perfectly.The Faerie Queene read more...


• Redcrosse finishes up being stuck with sexually charged dreams of Una, which, once he wakes up, seems to be true since someone who seems like Una (the second spirit in disguise) is lying seductively next to him.

• At this, he gets very upset, since Redcrosse thought she was a pure and shy virgin… sadly, this was a typical expectation man had of girls in Spenser’s time.

• He decides to check her since she’s behaving so out-of-character. She pleads with him, explaining that he can’t blame her for loving him since God has made her roll in the hay. And if she cannot be with him, she’d rather die.

• Surely, she says, he must understand that she has trusted herself to him and worries about him.

• Redcrosse, for a few reasons, doesn’t seem to quite catch on and asks her again why she’s bothering him.

• She bluntly explains (again) that she loves him and it has been keeping her awake all night long.

• Redcrosse, who has never heard a lie before, is becoming a touch more convinced.

• He apologizes that he’s caused her pain and responds, somewhat noncommittally, that her love is extremely important to him and reminds her that he’s promised to never leave her.


• The spirit, defeated by Redcrosse’s conciliatory response, leaves him alone for the nonce.

• Redcrosse, still uneasy about Una’s behavior, finally falls again into trouble and sexualized, sleep. But soon his dreams leave him in peace, realizing they are not working their evil magic.

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