The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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Placidas is a squire being chased by the evil Corflambo who asks Arthur for help. His friend Amyas has been imprisoned where Corflambo’s daughter Poeana watches over him. Poeana loves Amyas, so Placidas pretends to be him in order to escape. After Corflambo is dead, Arthur asks Placidas to overlook his daughter Poeana’s past sins, and Placidas takes her as his wife.
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Placidas Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Placidas appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book IV: Canto VIII
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...at last she has to turn around. The three of them come across a squire (Placidas) riding with a dwarf. The squire is calling for help because they are being chased... (full context)
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The squire, whose name is Placidas, continues his story about the other squire, whose name is Amyas: While in captivity, Amyas... (full context)
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Placidas, because he is favored by Poeana (who still believes he’s Amyas), has enough freedom to... (full context)
Book IV: Canto IX
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...is similar and virtuous in its own way. Arthur decides that he wants to help Placidas help his good friend Amyas, who is still imprisoned with Poeana. They take Corflambo’s lifeless... (full context)
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...he comes to his senses. Arthur sneaks up and captures her. At first, Poeana sees Placidas and thinks he’ll save her, but she soon realizes she’s been betrayed. (full context)
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Finally, Amyas is let out of prison, and both Placidas and Aemylia run to greet him. Arthur then leads them as they ransack Poeana’s castle,... (full context)
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...Poeana and convinces her to put aside her proud and lusty ways. He then asks Placidas to overlook Poeana’s past sins. They end up married and live together in peace in... (full context)