The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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Grantorto is a tyrant who is the main villain of Book V and who imprisons the innocent Eirena. Arthegall is on a quest from the Faerie Queene to defeat him and free her. To lure Arthegall to him, he sets a deadline that he will kill Eirena if Arthegall doesn’t come to challenge him personally by a certain date. Arthegall just barely makes the deadline, and the two of them fight. Though he is strong, Grantorto ends up with his ax stuck in Arthegall’s shield, and so Arthegall decapitates him, freeing Eirena.

Grantorto Quotes in The Faerie Queene

The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Grantorto or refer to Grantorto. 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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Grantorto Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Grantorto appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book V: Canto I
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...Queene. He has been tasked with saving a lady named Eirena from a tyrant named Grantorto who is unjustly holding her captive. (full context)
Book V: Canto XI
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...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 into an... (full context)
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...to have a lady named Flourdelis until she was enticed away by golden gifts from Grantorto. He then sent a crowd to fetch her (the same crowd that attacked Arthegall when... (full context)
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...Arthegall shames her for trying to hide her natural beauty with the golden gifts of Grantorto. She is ashamed and allows herself to be carried off by Burbon. Arthegall and Talus... (full context)
Book V: Canto XII
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The time for Arthegall’s meeting with Grantorto draws near. As he’s traveling near the coast, he happens to find a boat in... (full context)
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Arthegall, Sir Sergis, and Talus draw near Grantorto and send out a message to say that Arthegall will challenge him in battle the... (full context)
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Grantorto makes his own appearance on the field, looking fearsome and deadly in his armor. Trumpets... (full context)
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Grantorto tries to get his ax out of Arthegall’s shield but can’t. Using his blade Chrysaor,... (full context)
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...angry at him for freeing Eirena (who was in their thrall while she was with Grantorto). They flank Arthegall on both sides and hurl some of the foulest insults at him... (full context)