In the First Book of The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser reveals his prophetic and apocalyptic vision for the fledgling British Empire, personified in his hero Redcrosse. As the secular instrument of Gloriana, the Faerie Queene, Redcrosse takes on the sacred task of Una (representing religious truth) to free her parents, Adam and Eve, from their bonds of sin. Before he can achieve his task, the Redcrosse knight (representing holiness) must mature as a Christian knight as he and Una encounter inhabitants of Faerie Land and interact with them. With his allegory, Spenser unveils the secular and sacred obligations of Queen Elizabeth and her courtiers as they lead Protestant England and her empire in the struggle against the Catholic nations of Europe for world hegemony and New World Colonies.
The Apostle Paul laid the foundation of the Christian religion, equally including Gentiles and Hebrews, separate from the state. Spenser lays a basis for England's union of state and religion, conceptually separating these two functions ...
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