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Stories from the Faerie Queen

Jeanie Lang and Edmund Spenser

Book Overview: 

A major work by Spenser, The Faerie Queen, as an allegorical work, it can be read on many levels. According to Jeanie Lang, Spenser always looked for the beautiful and the good when he wrote. Lang said, "There are many stories in The Faerie Queen, and out of these all I have told you only eight." The eight are "Una and the Lion," "St. Gergoe and the Dragon," "Britomart and the Magic Mirror," "The Quest of Sir Gregory," "Pastorella," "Cambell and Triamond," "Marinell the Sea-Nymph's Son," and "Flormell and the Witch."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The brave knight rushed up to him with his drawn sword.

‘You have slain the Red Cross Knight,’ he said; ‘come and fight and be punished for your evil deed.’

‘I never slew the Red Cross Knight,’ said Sansloy, in a great rage. ‘Your enemies have sent you to me to be killed.’

Then, like two wild beasts, they fought, only resting sometimes for a moment that they might rush at each other again with the more strength and fury.

Blood poured from their wounds, the earth was trampled by their feet, and the sound of their fierce blows rang through the air.

Una was so terrified at the dreadful sight that she ran away and left them fighting furiously.

Before she had gone far she saw a little figure running through the woods towards her. It was her own dwarf, and his woful face told her that some evil thing had happened to the Red Cross Knight.

The knight had had many adventures[Pg . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A fanciful collection of classical fairy tales.

This is a classic and it's fine. They are exactly what I would expect of chivalrous tales. They are moralizing, heavily Christian, and sexist. I don't hate them because I love classic literature, and I appreciate Jeanie Lang for adapting these for children, but I don't think they are the useful stor

I enjoyed this retelling. I think this version is slightly easier than MacCloud's version

I both liked and disliked this book. I can sort of see the appeal for children who aren't going to think about things in the story too much, but for anyone who gives it thought its not so good. Full review to come.