When I first read the Faerie Queene I was captivated by the language. Fantasy has always been an escape for me. When the allegory of Spenser’s England comes into play though it becomes something more. Literature often shows the world what is happening. The best authors, in my experience, write from what they know. When it comes to things like The Faerie Queene and fighting epic battles against villainy is it any wonder that Spenser used the Catholic Church as a villian?
Why write an epic poem about the struggles of Christianity against the Catholic Church in 1500’s England? Why does anyone write? Spenser could have been an avid fan of Queen Elizabeth, he could have been using the allegory as a way to make his poem last throughout time.