Main & Reverie: The Faerie Queen

Today, Radio Riel is proud to present music relat­ed to and inspired by Thomas Spenser’s epic poem “The Faerie Queene” on Radio Riel’s Main stream and Radio Riel Rever­ie.

The Faerie Queene was first pub­lished in 1590, at the height of the Eliz­a­bethan Age. A con­tem­po­rary of Shake­speare, his vision of faerie has inspired poets and fan­ta­sy writ­ers ever since. Accord­ing to Spenser, his aim in pub­lish­ing The Faerie Queene was to “fash­ion a gen­tle­man or noble per­son in vir­tu­ous and gen­tle dis­ci­pline”.

Join us to lis­ten and dis­cuss this epic adven­ture through an Eliz­a­bethan fairy­land, full of beau­ty and mon­sters from 11:00am — 12:30pm North Amer­i­can Pacif­ic time. The dis­cus­sion group in Sec­ond Life will take place in the Rose­haven Library ( Each month, we will look at one can­to of the poem. It will be struc­tured in two parts:

Lis­ten­ing Par­ty — 11:00am North Amer­i­can Pacif­ic Time

Tune in to Radio Riel Rever­ie.

For those who can’t join us for the lis­ten­ing par­ties, you can find the Lib­rivox record­ings here:

Dis­cus­sion — 11:30am North Amer­i­can Pacif­ic Time

The dis­cus­sion will be con­duct­ed in chat, and tran­scripts will be post­ed here for com­ment: to allow peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate even if they aren’t at the library event.

Edi­tion: Any unabridged edi­tion with num­bered books and can­tos will be fine, but the ref­er­ence edi­tion for our first year’s dis­cus­sion is here:

Anoth­er ver­sion with orig­i­nal lan­guage but mod­ern­ized spelling which might be eas­i­er to read is here:

Ten­ta­tive Sched­ule

Book 1: The Leg­end of the Knight of the Red Crosse:

5th Nov: Can­to ii
3rd Dec: Can­to iii

7 Jan: Can­to iv
4 Feb: Can­to v
4 Mar: Can­to vi

Today’s pro­gram is pre­sent­ed by Gabrielle Riel. If you are in the Unit­ed States, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side of the Unit­ed States, click here to start your play­er .

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