The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene

by

Edmund Spenser

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The Squire of Dames is a squire who was asked by his lady to “do service unto gentle Dames.” When he ends up winning favor in the hearts of 300 women, however, his lady scolds him and tells him to do the opposite, finding 300 women who will reject him.
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Squire of Dames Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene

The timeline below shows where the character Squire of Dames appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book III: Canto VII
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...Satyrane sees a giantess (Argante) riding off on a horse with a bound squire (the Squire of Dames ) as her prisoner, pursued by a knight (Britomart). Satyrane leaves the beast to chase... (full context)
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The squire, who asks to be called the Squire of Dames , goes on to explain how the knight chasing Argante is actually a virgin woman... (full context)
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The Squire of Dames tells about how he’s tried to find 300 dames who will refuse him, but so... (full context)
Book III: Canto VIII
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...from Florimell back to the adventures of Sir Satyrane. Having recently finished talking with the Squire of Dames , he sees a knight riding towards him that he recognizes as Paridell, based on... (full context)
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...to hear this, although he remains determined to keep looking, despite the bad odds. The Squire of Dames , who is still nearby, notes that the sun is going down, so he suggests... (full context)
Book IV: Canto II
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...Paridell start a fierce battle. They might have kept fighting each other forever if the Squire of Dames hadn’t come along. (full context)
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The Squire of Dames asks Paridell and Blandamour (who won’t stop fighting) what the cause of their disagreement is.... (full context)
Book IV: Canto V
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...ladies also try to fasten the belt on themselves with no luck. This causes the Squire of Dames to laugh, since it means all these ladies are unvirtuous. At last, Amoretta manages to... (full context)