The Central Role of Courtly Love and Romanticism in “The Faerie Queen”

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An Analysis of the Central Role of Courtly Love and Romanticism inThe Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser
This study defines the ease in which romanticism is a central role in Spenser’s The Faerie Queen Book III. The quest for romantic love is always a part of the plots involving Britomart’s search for Arthegall and for Timias’ lovesickness for Belphoebem. In the late medieval period, the erotic tension involving “courtly love” set the foundations for romantic quests that express true love for a knight or a damsel. With many royal courts forcing men and women to marry to keep families united in land and prestige against their will, Spencer’s poem defines the tension of unsatiated and forbidden love in Britomart and Timias’ romantic quests for...
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..... romantic lovesickness that Timias feels for Belphoebe. In these ways, the love quest is the primary theme of this section of The Faerie Queen, defining why it can easily be defined as a romantic poem in the erotic tension and unavailability of the consummation of love in the example of Britomart and Timias.
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