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:).
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
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
Book V: Canto XI
Book V: Canto XII
...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)