Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves:
Spenser's Faerie Queene, Book I
"Beyond all doubt, it is best to have made one's first acquaintance with Spenser in a very large edition of The Faerie Queene, on a wet day, between the ages of twelve and sixteen...To read him is to grow in mental health."
~ C.S. Lewis
"Edmund Spenser (1552-99) ranks just below Shakespeare, with Chaucer and Milton, in the pantheon of great writers. In The Faerie Queene, he spins a sub-created fantasy universe that would be the model for Tolkien and Lewis. This poet, whom Milton considered to be a better teacher than medieval theologians, wrote an epic tale of adventure, love, noble deeds, and faith. And it all symbolizes the Reformation.
"Despite all of his acknowledged greatness, almost no one reads Spenser any more. Roy Maynard takes the first book of The Faerie Queene, exploring the concept of Holiness with the character of the Redcross Knight, and makes Spenser accessible again. He does this not by dumbing it down, but by deftly modernizing the spelling, explaining the obscurities in clever asides, and cuing the reader towards the right response.
In today's cultural, aesthetic, and educational wars, Spenser is a mightly ally for the 21st century Christians. Maynard proves himself a worthy mediator between Spenser's time and ours."
~ Dr. Gene Edward Veith