The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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Eirena Character Analysis

Eirena is a fair maiden who is being held captive by a tyrant named Grantorto. Arthegall spends much of Book V trying to free her (although he gets sidetracked along the way) until at last Grantorto sets a deadline where Arthegall must challenge him in battle by a certain date or Eirena will die. Locked in a dungeon, Eirena doesn’t realize that Arthegall comes to her rescue in time and believes that she will be condemned to death, until she finds out at the last minute that Arthegall has defeated Grantorto.

Eirena Quotes in The Faerie Queene

The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Eirena or refer to Eirena. 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 V: Canto XII Quotes

But ere he could reform it thoroughly,
He through occasion called was away,
To Faerie Court, that of necessity
His course of Justice he was forst to stay,
And Talus to revoke from the right way

Related Characters: Arthegall, Talus, Eirena, Grantorto
Related Symbols: Faerie Court
Page Number: 870
Explanation and Analysis:
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Eirena Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Eirena appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book V: Canto I
Virtue, Allegory, and Symbolism Theme Icon
British Identity and Nationalism Theme Icon
Protestantism Theme Icon
Love and Friendship Theme Icon
The Role of Women Theme Icon
...in service of the Faerie Queene. He has been tasked with saving a lady named Eirena from a tyrant named Grantorto who is unjustly holding her captive. (full context)
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Love and Friendship Theme Icon
The Role of Women Theme Icon
Arthegall and Talus go to find Eirena. Along the way, they run into a crying squire next to a headless lady. The... (full context)
Book V: Canto XI
Virtue, Allegory, and Symbolism Theme Icon
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...just left Mercilla and is on his own adventure. He is still trying to save Eirena from Grantorto (which he has been doing since Canto I of Book V). He runs... (full context)
Book V: Canto XII
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...and Sir Sergis set sail, but as they go to land on the island where Eirena is being held, swarms of men on the shore try to prevent them from docking.... (full context)
Virtue, Allegory, and Symbolism Theme Icon
British Identity and Nationalism Theme Icon
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...out a message to say that Arthegall will challenge him in battle the next day. Eirena wakes up believing she will die that day, but she is relieved to see her... (full context)
Virtue, Allegory, and Symbolism Theme Icon
British Identity and Nationalism Theme Icon
Protestantism Theme Icon
Deception and Lies Theme Icon
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...Detraction. The two join forces against Arthegall, since they are angry at him for freeing Eirena (who was in their thrall while she was with Grantorto). They flank Arthegall on both... (full context)