Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Maloney, Michael

Second Advisor

Archer, Jerome W.


The purpose of this paper is to prove that in writing the Faerie Queene, Spenser was deliberately following in the footsteps of the earlier Italian and English writers of courtesy books. Although Spenser presented the Faerie Queene in a style entirely different from that of courtesy books such as The Courtier, The Civile Conversation, and Galateo, his purpose was the same. With the decline of chivalry and the disappearance of the Medieval Court, courtesy, as Spenser portrayed it, was outmoded. It is with these thoughts in mind that the writer examines the Faerie Queene.