The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond Character Analysis

Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond are three brother knights who, for most of their lives, do everything together. They have a sister named Cambina who eventually marries Cambell. Their mother gets a warning from the Fates that the three brothers won’t live long, so she makes a deal that when one brother dies, his soul will be passed on to the next one. Eventually, the three brothers enter a tournament to face Cambell in battle for the hand in marriage of his sister Canacee. Cambell slays Priamond and Diamond, but with the help of his brothers’ souls, Triamond fights Cambell to a draw and emerges triumphant. Triamond marries Canacee, and he and his new brother-in-law Cambell bond over shared knightly values. Their friendship is on display at a tournament of knights where the two collaborate to help each other, and it provides a sharp contrast with the false friendship of Blandamour and Paridell, which breaks down under adversity.

Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond Quotes in The Faerie Queene

The The Faerie Queene quotes below are all either spoken by Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond or refer to Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond. 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 IV: Canto II Quotes

Though now their acts be no where to be found
As that renowned Poet them compyled,
With warlike numbers and Heroicke sound,
Dan Chaucer well of English undefiled,
On Fames eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond, Cambell, Canacee, Cambina
Page Number: 587
Explanation and Analysis:
Book IV: Canto IV Quotes

Then all with one consent did yield the prize
To Triamond and Cambell as the best.
But Triamond to Cambell it relest.
And Cambell it to Triamond transferd;
Each labouring t’advance the others gest,
And make his praise before his owne preferd:

Page Number: 616
Explanation and Analysis:
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Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book IV: Canto II
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Paridell, Blandamour, and the others run into Cambell and Triamond with their ladies, Cambine and Canacee. The narrator mentions that these two knights are actually... (full context)
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...In the knights who have come to challenge for Canacee, there are three brothers named Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond. Their mother, Agape, is a fairy who was raped by a knight... (full context)
Book IV: Canto III
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The day comes when Priamond, Diamond, and Triamond are set to fight with Cambell for Canacee. Cambell comes in first,... (full context)
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Eventually, Cambell manages to kill Priamond, but his ghost doesn’t fly directly to the underworld, going instead to Diamond. Though Diamond... (full context)
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Diamond and Cambell are also evenly matched, and the crowd wonders at their fiercely clashing axes.... (full context)
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Triamond is also full of grief but unwilling to give up the challenge against Cambell. They... (full context)
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As the fight drags on, however, Triamond becomes feeble from lack of blood, while Cambell stays strong. He uses his advantage to... (full context)
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Triamond and Cambell both manage to strike each other so hard at the same time that... (full context)
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...crowd, carrying in her right hand the rod of peace. It turns out she’s Cambina, Triamond’s sister. Cambina falls in love with Cambell, but Cambell and Triamond soon start fighting again.... (full context)
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Canacee is delighted to see an end to the conflict. Triamond marries Canacee, and Cambell marries Cambina, and they all stay friends. (full context)
Book IV: Canto IV
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Unlike the true friendship of Cambell and Triamond, the friendship of Blandamour and Paridell is false. When all of them and their ladies... (full context)
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Soon Paridell joins the fight. Braggadochio sees no need to get involved. Then Triamond enters the fray and wounds Ferramont, causing the knights Sir Devon, Sir Douglas, and Sir... (full context)
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...Satyrane is judged the best so far. The tournament begins again the next day, but Triamond still is unable to rejoin because of his wound. Cambell agrees to take Triamond’s place. (full context)
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...but it seems like he’s going to be taken captive by his more numerous opponents. Triamond hears about this and forgets his wound, leaping up to put on his armor, but... (full context)
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Triamond hacks away through the other knights to reach Cambell and free him. The trumpets sound... (full context)
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...coming, another strange knight enters. This new knight knocks Arthegall off his horse. Cambell and Triamond both try to confront the new knight and are also knocked down. Blandamour tries too... (full context)
Book IV: Canto V
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At the tournament, everyone judges that Sir Satyrane won the first day, Triamond won the second, and Britomart won the third, as well as winning overall. Arthegall is... (full context)
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...beauty of all the ladies present. Cambina (who is with Cambell), Canacee (who is with Triamond), Duessa (who is with Paridell), and Amoretta (who is with Britomart) are all in contention,... (full context)
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...is awarded to Arthegall, who has apparently already left in anger. She’s then passed to Triamond, who stays loyal to his wife, and finally ends up with Sir Satyrane, who happily... (full context)