The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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Cambell is the brother of Canacee, the friend of Triamond, and the husband of Cambina (Triamond’s sister). Though Book IIII mentions Cambell and Triamond’s virtuous friendship in the subtitle, they play a relatively small role in the book. Cambell is a powerful—at times, seemingly invincible—knight who one day welcomes any challengers who would like to marry his sister. Cambell defeats and slays Triamond’s brothers, Priamond and Diamond, but due to a deal their mother made with the Fates, Triamond acquires the souls of his two dead brothers and comes to a stalemate with Cambell. The two become friends and support each other later in the tournament of knights.

Cambell Quotes in The Faerie Queene

The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Cambell or refer to Cambell. 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 IV: Canto II Quotes

Though now their acts be no where to be found
As that renowned Poet them compyled,
With warlike numbers and Heroicke sound,
Dan Chaucer well of English undefiled,
On Fames eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond, Cambell, Canacee, Cambina
Page Number: 587
Explanation and Analysis:
Book IV: Canto IV Quotes

Then all with one consent did yield the prize
To Triamond and Cambell as the best.
But Triamond to Cambell it relest.
And Cambell it to Triamond transferd;
Each labouring t’advance the others gest,
And make his praise before his owne preferd:

Page Number: 616
Explanation and Analysis:
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Cambell Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Cambell appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book IV: Canto II
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Paridell, Blandamour, and the others run into Cambell and Triamond with their ladies, Cambine and Canacee. The narrator mentions that these two knights... (full context)
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Canacee is Cambell’s sister, and she is loved by many knights for her wisdom. Cambell sensed that this... (full context)
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Cambell has a ring from Canacee that will stop mortal wounds from bleeding. In the knights... (full context)
Book IV: Canto III
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The day comes when Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond are set to fight with Cambell for Canacee. Cambell comes in first, looking confident. His first opponent is Priamond. The two... (full context)
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Eventually, Cambell manages to kill Priamond, but his ghost doesn’t fly directly to the underworld, going instead... (full context)
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Diamond and Cambell are also evenly matched, and the crowd wonders at their fiercely clashing axes. Finally, Diamond... (full context)
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Triamond is also full of grief but unwilling to give up the challenge against Cambell. They fight, and Triamond is amazed that Cambell can keep standing after so much fighting... (full context)
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As the fight drags on, however, Triamond becomes feeble from lack of blood, while Cambell stays strong. He uses his advantage to smite Triamond through the throat and seemingly kill... (full context)
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Triamond and Cambell both manage to strike each other so hard at the same time that it looks... (full context)
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...rod of peace. It turns out she’s Cambina, Triamond’s sister. Cambina falls in love with Cambell, but Cambell and Triamond soon start fighting again. Cambina intervenes by hitting each of them... (full context)
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Canacee is delighted to see an end to the conflict. Triamond marries Canacee, and Cambell marries Cambina, and they all stay friends. (full context)
Book IV: Canto IV
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Unlike the true friendship of Cambell and Triamond, the friendship of Blandamour and Paridell is false. When all of them and... (full context)
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...treat him like a coward. Ate and false Florimell try to stir up discord, but Cambell says they should all save their strength for the tournament, and this gets everyone’s approval. (full context)
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...again the next day, but Triamond still is unable to rejoin because of his wound. Cambell agrees to take Triamond’s place. (full context)
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Cambell and Sir Satyrane fight savagely on horseback. All of a sudden, Satyrane’s horse rears and... (full context)
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Triamond hacks away through the other knights to reach Cambell and free him. The trumpets sound again and everyone agrees the day’s winners are Cambell... (full context)
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...evening is coming, another strange knight enters. This new knight knocks Arthegall off his horse. Cambell and Triamond both try to confront the new knight and are also knocked down. Blandamour... (full context)
Book IV: Canto V
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...a contest to judge the beauty of all the ladies present. Cambina (who is with Cambell), Canacee (who is with Triamond), Duessa (who is with Paridell), and Amoretta (who is with... (full context)