The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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Calidore Character Analysis

Calidore is the protagonist of Book VI of The Faerie Queene, and he is a well-liked knight from Faerie Court who serves the Faerie Queene and who embodies the virtue of courtesy. At the request of his queen, he sets out to stop the Blatant Beast, although he gets distracted along the way and nearly gives up his whole quest in order to live a pastoral life.

Calidore Quotes in The Faerie Queene

The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Calidore or refer to Calidore. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book VI: Canto I Quotes

But mongst them all was none more courteous Knight,
Then Calidore, beloved over all,
in whom it seemes that gentlenesse of spright
And manners mylde were planted naturall

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Calidore, Sir Turpine
Related Symbols: Faerie Court
Page Number: 878
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Book VI: Canto VI Quotes

No wound, which warlike hand of enemy
Inflicts with dint of sword, so sore doth light,
As doth the poysnous sting, which infamy
Infixeth in the name of noble wight:
For by no art, nor any leaches might
It ever can recured be againe;

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Calidore, The Blatant Beast
Page Number: 938
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Book VI: Canto IX Quotes

So there that night Sir Calidore did dwell,
And long while after, whilest him list remaine,
Dayly beholding the faire Pastorell,
And feeding on the bayt of his owne bane.
During which time he did her entertaine
With all kind courtesies, he could invent;
And every day, her companiee to gaine

Related Characters: Calidore, Pastorella, Coridon, Melibee, Colin Clout
Page Number: 984
Explanation and Analysis:
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Calidore Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Calidore appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book VI: Canto I
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...are many knights and ladies with good manners, there is no knight more courteous than Calidore, who is loved by all. Calidore heads out from court on an adventure and runs... (full context)
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Calidore continues down the road and comes across a squire who seems upset and is tied... (full context)
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Calidore chases after Maleffort, catching up with him and chopping his head off. He then kills... (full context)
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Calidore and Crudor fight the next morning. Crudor immediately charges at Calidore without even verifying his... (full context)
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The fight begins anew, with both Calidore and Crudor attacking forcefully. Eventually, the two of them decide to put all their power... (full context)
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...restore Briana, who shows her thankfulness by holding a big feast. She wants to give Calidore a gift, but he refuses to accept land or money in exchange for his good... (full context)
Book VI: Canto II
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...the narrator, courtesy is the most fitting virtue for knights in love with ladies. As Calidore continues his journey, he comes across a young man of about 17 (Tristram) fighting on... (full context)
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Calidore asks the young man why he’s bloodied his hands by killing a knight. The young... (full context)
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...needed. The young man criticized the knight for this, and that’s how the fight began. Calidore praises the young man’s actions. (full context)
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Calidore and the young man go to speak to the lady. She tells how she was... (full context)
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Calidore says the young man is clearly noble and asks about his background. The young man... (full context)
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Tristram would like to travel with Calidore and learn about knighthood from him, but Calidore says he promised to complete his quest... (full context)
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Calidore rides on until he reaches a place where a knight was severely wounded by the... (full context)
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Calidore informs the woman that the knight who wronged her is already dead, which brings her... (full context)
Book VI: Canto III
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After helping the wounded knight back to the castle, Calidore meets Aldus, an old man who used to be strong in his younger days and... (full context)
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...wakes up and is dismayed to see how much his injury is upsetting Priscilla. When Calidore visits them later, Aladine seems to be doing better. In order to help ease everyone’s... (full context)
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As Calidore is riding, he sees a knight called Sir Calepine in the shade with his lady,... (full context)
Book VI: Canto IX
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Calidore returns to pursuing the Blatant Beast, not resting day or night as he chases after... (full context)
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Calidore and the shepherds go back to the shepherds’ home, where there is a fair damsel... (full context)
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Melibee, the father of Pastorella, sees that Calidore is alone and invites him into his house. Calidore accepts and courteously thanks Melibee for... (full context)
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Calidore begins his new life as a shepherd, looking longingly at Pastorella in the fields. Pastorella,... (full context)
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When Coridon sees Calidore trying to win Pastorella’s affection, he’s annoyed. He starts giving her lots of little presents,... (full context)
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Another time, Coridon challenges Calidore to a wrestling match, but he badly underestimates how strong Calidore is. Again, however, Calidore... (full context)
Book VI: Canto X
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Calidore is troubled because he wants to abandon his old quest of pursuing the Blatant Beast... (full context)
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As Calidore goes up Mount Acidale, he hears a shepherd playing pipes and see 100 pale naked... (full context)
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Calidore tells Colin Clout he is lucky to be playing for such dainty damsels, but Colin... (full context)
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Calidore apologizes to Colin Clout for interrupting him. His heart aches for Pastorella, so he returns... (full context)
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One day, Calidore, Coridon, and Pastorella are gathering strawberries in the woods when a tiger runs at Pastorella.... (full context)
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Calidore joyfully woos Pastorella, but one day the shepherds’ peaceful life is interrupted by the arrival... (full context)
Book VI: Canto XI
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Meanwhile, Calidore is just coming back from the woods to see the devastation that the brigands inflicted... (full context)
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Full of anguish, Calidore makes plans with Coridon to go directly to the den of the brigands and seek... (full context)
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Calidore and Coridon then sneak into the den of the brigands, and Calidore is overjoyed to... (full context)
Book VI: Canto XII
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Having rescued Pastorella, Sir Calidore decides to return to his original quest of pursuing the Blatant Beast. First, though, he... (full context)
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...the dungeon, but after he died, they regained their freedom and lived in harmony. Sir Calidore and Pastorella get along well with Bellamoure and Claribell, so Calidore leaves Pastorella with them... (full context)
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Pastorella misses Calidore after he leaves. While he’s off on adventures, she remains at the castle, where she... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Calidore crosses the land in search of the Blatant Beast. The beast also roams, robbing churches... (full context)
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...bears, or tigers, but mostly tongues of men. It also has poisonous serpent tongues. Sir Calidore isn’t afraid, however, and he uses his shield to pin the monster down. The beast... (full context)
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With its muzzle on, the Blatant Beast loses its power and follows Sir Calidore around like a cowardly dog. Calidore takes the beast across the land to display it,... (full context)