Welcome to Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Our text-faithful, line-by-line prose rendering of Spenser’s epic poem introduces new readers to Spenser’s enthralling world of monsters, enchanted forests, witches, and brave but fumbling knights.
Many have attempted to read Spenser’s original work, only to be discouraged by his diction. This struggle is understandable, as Spenser often used language more archaic than the time in which he wrote. To help readers overcome this struggle, classical educator Rebecca K. Reynolds worked with Elizabethan scholars to produce an annotated rendering which moves from heavy assistance in Book One toward more of Spenser’s language in Book Six.
Enjoy the beauty and depth of Spenser’s stories as you read this series, and graduate ready to tackle Spenser’s original text. Grab a cuppa and a deep chair, settle back, and discover the beloved old epic poem that has inspired poets and novelists for over four hundred years.