Belphoebe is a huntress maiden of the forest who eventually becomes lady of Timias (the squire of Arthur) after rescuing him in the woods. When Timias is tempted to be unfaithful to Belphoebe with her twin sister Amoretta, she becomes angry with him, and he spends a long time doing penance and living humbly until he is finally worthy of her again. With her chastity and her warrior spirit, she is another character that resembles Queen Elizabeth.
Belphoebe Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character Belphoebe appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book II: Canto III
Braggadochio and Trompart set off again, and they meet a lady in hunting clothes (Belphoebe). She is fair and resembles the hunter goddess Diana. She spots Trompart and addresses him.... (full context)
Book III: Canto V
...still bleeding heavily. He passes out. Fortunately for Timias, he is found by the huntress Belphoebe, who recently won her battle with Braggadochio and has been pursuing a wild beast through... (full context)
Book III: Canto VI
Book IV: Canto VII
Book IV: Canto VIII
Book VI: Canto V
...have been plotting ways to overthrow Timias (who is back in the good graces of Belphoebe). These villains sent the Blatant Beast his way. Timias couldn’t resist fighting the evil monster,... (full context)