Moorcock conceived of Gloriana as his last fantasy novel, which it wasn’t, and as a crucial turning point in his career, which it was. Spenser’s. Gloriana the First is the Queen of Albion, an alternate version of England. She is the ruler of a vast empire, and lives in a vast, labyrinthine palace. She is known. Gloriana by Michael Moorcock – book cover, description, publication history.

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There’s a kind of weird moorxock here, where the book doesn’t find any of this objectionable, and neither do most of the characters glorianna all share in some form of deviance or another but there’s the implication that most of the world outside the insular castle would object on some grounds.

Nov 29, Lani rated it it was ok Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The novel’s atmosphere owes something to English writer Mervyn Peake ‘s Gormenghast novels, published in the s and s, and Moorcock dedicated Gloriana to the memory of Peake, one of his literary heroes.

There is a delightful Quentin Crisp quote about how innovation is not ‘seeing your neighbor to the left has a straight walk and your neighbor to the right a curved and thence making your own diagonal’, suffice it to say that contrariness is not the mother of invention. So that’s it – even if Moorcock didn’t mean it there is a message in here that women can get off whilst being raped. There were about a dozen people in this book I actually liked, but where did they go? The novel is set in an alternated England, ruled by Gloriana, who is clearly based on the myth of Elizabeth I, if a little more advanced in technology.

Another flamboyant cast of decadents from Moorcock. During this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of “James Colvin,” a “house pseudonym” used by other critics on New Worlds. Both can be equally despicable and commit barbarous acts but I feel Quire has none gloeiana the charm of Steerpike who is a real rags to riches story – an individual motivated by passion. morcock

Queen Gloriana

Open Preview See a Problem? Gloriana moorcoc, presiding over a Golden Age is filled with a sadness and a yearning – for she cannot achieve orgasm. Though they are not based upon those same silly cliches, they are still immediately as one-dimensional and unchanging.

In fact, it is quite different, and displays a more original kind of imagination, making it a most interesting read.

The intention of The Faerie Queene was to ‘fashion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline’. The sound you hear may be the proverbial medieval chickens coming home to roost. Gloriana is supposed to be a great queen, an able statesman, and a woman of high principles, but she comes across much more Marilyn Monroe, all jiggles and weepy quivering. His own best henchman is Quire. It is certainly in no way genre Fantasy, and though the characters may not be easy to empathize with, you certainly won’t be stuck resenting them for flimsily facaded archetypes.


However, the Moodcock that Gloriana rules will be very mokrcock to most readers. I feel bad for the person who unknowingly picks this gloeiana thinking that its a more realistic historical novel or bless their innocent hearts an actual biography of Queen Elizabeth I.

Gloriana, or the Unfulfill’d Queen Flamingo Author s: Gloriana says ‘no’ and achieves orgasm by asserting her ggloriana. As near as I can tell, those are the only references to the Eternal Champion saga.

Quotes from Gloriana, or The It’s the climax of the whole book and represents something about how both characters have changed, but also must fit in somewhere important in the thematic dialogue. I have not read this book but I understand the book was intended to be viewed allegorically for Elizabethan audiences and Gloriana was intended to be read as Queen Elizabeth.

But when Quire feels Montfallcon has insulted him, he seeks revenge through seducing the frustrated Gloriana. Hidden within the folds of the story and Moorcock folds his stories in time and space like the folds of a rose are some serious ruminations on power and myth, a theme running through so many of his works. Then Andrea Dworkin yells at Michael Moorcock because apparently it takes Andrea Dworkin to flag this rape thing as a bad idea and then Michael Moorcock writes an alternate ending with less rape that is somehow worse than the original.

He goes into the walls to spy on the court, to muster the rabble there into his personal army, and to make sorties into the court to commit murders and leave evidence that points to other courtiers. On the novel’s title page and on its original cover, Moorcock calls Gloriana a romance and, indeed, its setting and characters resemble those of that popular literary genre of the Medieval and Renaissance periods—an imagined time of questsjoustsand masques.

Most of the initial POV characters are abandoned only to emerge much later as flat pawns, with no real indication of why they needed to be POVs in the first place. Originally published on my blog here in June A couple of suitors are in the frame and Gloriana seeks not to offend them but to hold them off in a combination of statehood, diplomacy and espionage.


Moorcock does write an excellent Dr. No man nor woman, ape-man nor robot sheep, nothing can make her climax. Dec 01, Adam rated it it was ok Shelves: Gradually the facade crumbles and the perfect vision of Albion and the Queen are revealed for the myth that they are.

It’s an utterly bloodless fixation–it’s not a horny book at all, no sex scenes–but sex is the primary currency of character arcs and plot beats. The queen’s best friend and confidante is Countess Una of Scaith.

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These include names shared Wheldrake, Pyat, Una, Li Paocharacters shared with different names Tallow and names of gods used as oaths Arioch, Xiombarg. Looking back gloriaba the book, I’m mostly disappointed by what could have been.

The conceit is that an alternate fantasy Queen Elizabeth runs a world-spanning and semi-Utopian Empire, and has only one problem — she can’t find sexual satisfaction. In this case, the myth is that of Moorcoc and what it is to be British – things never stated, only entered by stealth into the readers’ soul.

Gloriana (novel) – Wikipedia

I consider myself broad minded and as a libertarian think people should be able to engage in any consensual activity between adults. The focus is on the fictional queen “Gloriana” who seemed to me some kind of cross between Elizabeth the 1st and Victoria and the rather large cast of characters who spend much of their time in and around the labyrinthine palace, from the lordly to the lowly, the lords, ladies, ambassadors, spies, soldiers, poets, rogues hloriana the mysterious characters who roam the lost corridors and rooms in the forgotten depths of the palace.

Moreover, Moorcock never succeeds in establishing Quire as a credible tough guy — all the rowdies in the wrong part of town are supposedly in awe of this guy, but then he shows up to the big infernal jamboree with a teenage boy as his heavy date! Maybe its the whole take on Elizabeth. In moircock with this one; despite it being a ‘homage’ to Mervyn Peake it comes across more as obnoxious, sexist drivel. All that said, I enjoyed reading it most of the time.

The first is more superficial in its relationship to the novel; Gloriana is not an epic poem nor is it a consistent allegory as far as I can see.