Artegall and his iron servant Talus progress on his quest. They come across Amazons who, led by their queen, capture knights, put them in women’s clothes and force them to perform women’s work like spinning. This fate is in store for Artegall too.
Artegall’s origins and the nature of his quest are revealed. He and his iron servant Talus deal with a knight who killed his lady, a Saracen extorting money as a bridge toll, and a horse thief is revealed at a wedding.
Scudamour tells of his visit to the Temple of Venus, where he met Amoret. Marinell had discovered Florimell, fallen in love, and his mother got her released.
Amoret is held captive by a monster who deflowers virgins and eats them. A giant riding a dromedary captures a young squire and has to be rescued by Prince Arthur.
How her abduction by Hades to the underworld brought the seasons. Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Rossetti, and others.
At Satyrane’s tournament for the golden sash of Florimell, Britomart emerges as the victor, but refuses the prize of the false Florimell. She meets her beloved Artegall at last.
Continuing the stories from the previous book, Spenser adds a sequel to Chaucer’s “Squire’s Tale’ involving Cambell and Triamond.
Britomart meets Sir Scudamore, whose lady Amoret has been abducted by the sorcerer Busirane, and is being tortured by him. Britomart to the rescue.
Florimell stays with a witch, then flees a beast she creates, until she reaches the coast, where her horse is devoured by that beast as she drifts out of sight. Lost or dead?
Britomart faces a huge sea of sorrow, Florimell rides on in fear of her pursuers, and the story of the birth of Amoret and Belphoebe.