It's my very great pleasure to launch an ebook, The Epic of Reformation: A Guide to The Faerie Queene, which is a slightly updated and revised edition of the Faerie Queene Feature Week I ran here in January.
"The Faerie Queene is English Lit’s best-kept secret. Not only is it a series of epic
quest stories sprinkled liberally with battles, gore, monsters, and romance;
it’s also a series of profound meditations on the Christian life and virtues,
and on top of that, the whole thing symbolises Reformation theology and
epic comes in six and a half books each depicting a private Christian virtue as
embodied in a knight who has been sent on some terrible quest by the Faerie
Queene of the title, Gloriana. The
Faerie Queene mixes great storytelling with great
doctrines, physicality with spirituality, song with theology, allegory with
politics. The result is fiercely meek, graciously sensuous, lyrically
grotesque, and boisterously orthodox—just like the Puritans themselves. Within
its pages there are doctrines and insights the world has forgotten or only
half-remembers—just like the Reformation itself. And it is not just a guide to
the political and theological landscape of Reformation England; it’s a map to
"Dim the lights. Pass the popcorn,
the opera-glasses, and the power-ballad cigarette lighter—we’ll need them all.
Let the fierce wars and faithful loves begin."
Now you can get my guide to The Faerie Queene in handy ebook form!
Get it on Kindle for just $2.99.
Or, even if you've only read the original blog series, feel free to leave a review on Amazon.