Mercilla is a just and merciful queen who, like the Faerie Queene and Britomart, is another flattering stand-in for the real Queen Elizabeth. One of her most notable actions is to hold a trial for the false sorceress Duessa, which could be interpreted as a reflection of the real-life trial of the deposed Catholic monarch Queen Mary by the new Protestant monarch Queen Elizabeth.
Mercilla Quotes in The Faerie Queene
The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Mercilla or refer to Mercilla. 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:).
Mercilla Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character Mercilla appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book V: Canto VIII
...saw them chasing Samient. The damsel explains that she serves a renowned virgin queen named Mercilla. But despite the queen’s virtue, a wicked man wants to steal the throne, motivated by... (full context)
Book V: Canto IX
...before deciding it’s time to start traveling again. But Samient persuades them to go see Mercilla, who isn’t far away. Along the way, they hear about a wicked knight named Malengin... (full context)
Book V: Canto X
Book V: Canto XI