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.
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.
The Redcrosse Knight faces Sansjoy in combat, then flees the House of Pride. Una is almost raped by Sansloy, but resumes her quest for the Redcrosse Knight.
Una meets a lion who becomes her guard, while the Redcrosse Knight goes to the House of Pride with the deceitful witch Duessa.
Illustrated editions of the epic became most popular towards the end of the 19th century, when Walter Crane created the finest.