A virgin goddess who is sometimes the major goddess of childbirth, or the great mother of nature. A huntress and goddess of the Moon.
An introduction to Britomart, who was brought up learning the art of knightly combat and rules of chivalry, and is now on a quest for Sir Artegall, with whom she is in love.
Prince Arthur defeats the thousand-strong army of fiends, while Guyon travels on to Acrasia’s garden, where they capture her with a net, and destroy her Bower of Bliss.
Sir Guyon meets Mammon, and refuses his bribe of riches. Following a visit to the underworld to view those riches, he falls unconscious. As he is about to be robbed, Prince Arthur arrives to defend him.
An encounter with Furor which Sir Guyon manages well, a battle with Pyrrhochles, then a trip with Phaedria on the Lake of Idleness. Paintings by Palmer and Etty, and more.
Paintings and illustrations by Gustave Doré and Walter Crane, two of the 19th century’s major illustrators, and both accomplished painters.
Telling a story in a standalone painting, and telling one in illustrations, are very different. Examples by Masaccio, Poussin, Crane, Rackham, and Hogarth.
Book 2: another knight on a different mission. This time it’s to tackle Acrasia, an evil enchantress who lures knights to her wandering island.
After recuperating in the House of Holinesse, with Dame Celia, the Redcrosse Knight faces the dragon in combat, as Saint George.
Arthur battles the monster Orgoglio, eventually killing him. After the Redcrosse Knight is rescued, he ends up in the Cave of Despair, about to kill himself.