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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Gloriana; or, The Unfulfill’d Queen Author s: Dust-jacket from the first edition. Gloriana has a seraglio where various people and misfits live. The guilty repression of history and responsibility are bluntly metaphorized by both the walls and the seraglio and the way they’re kind of submerged in the text, constantly mentioned by never addressed, but on top of the rest it feels like gloriwna book is robbed of any potentially interesting flavor.

There is an empty purposelessness about Gormenghast’s rituals, reduced as they are to conformance to the letter with ancient texts; Albion has a purpose replacing tyranny with peace which is the reason for the crowd-pleasing masques.

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Dec 01, Adam rated it it was ok Shelves: The Michael Moorcock Collection 1 – 10 of 28 books. 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 po A book that shows that Moorcock can really write and think. Moorccock course, there is a seedy underbelly to Albion, one which Gloriana is barely aware of and there is political intrigue and Gloriana’s chancellor Montfallcon carries out dirty work unbeknownst to her to ensure her reign is glogiana.

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Gloriana by Michael Moorcock

Moorcock makes it abundantly clear everyone in the seraglio loves the Queen and wants to be there. But Gloriana is an anti-romance”more a dialogue with Spenser g,oriana The Faerie Queene than a description of my own gloroana State,” [1] says Moorcock. By day a serene and benevolent monarch, by night the lonely queen is a bisexual adventurer who seeks release in all manner of debauchery but is always anorgasmicperhaps due to Hern’s aforementioned sexual abuse.


During this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of “James Colvin,” a “house pseudonym” used by other critics on New Worlds. The other work that this book is based on is Spenser’s ‘The Faerie Queene’. American capital so often transforms these myths into worldwide phenomena – as we have seen with Angelina Jolie’s appearance in Beowulf – but one day somebody clever will expose its quiet influence on why many Britons have come to think so little of their leaders Side note- I read the re-released hard copy of Gloriana: Then there is the ceremonial; Gloriana is full of descriptions of masques.

The second ‘sexual’ problem is that of bestiality – Gloriana has ‘ape-men’ to please her. Doctor Dee, court rituals, court poetry, and lots of sex.

The novel is dedicated to Peake’s memory. Balderdash, and boring to boot.

The novel’s plot concerns Lord Montfallcon and his contest for courtly influence against Captain Quire. Maybe if I had moorcocm those books I would’ve seen the subtle satire he is apparently working with.

In more recent years, Moorcock has taken to using “Warwick Colvin, Jr. Paperbackpages. May 29, Eric rated it it was ok.

Queen Gloriana

Onto this scene arrives the disreputable Captain Quire, a one-time spy, formerly employed by Gloriana’s Chancellor, Lord Montfallcon.

I read this becuase my husband’s a devoted Moorcock fan they’re on first name terms- isn’t this internet thing amazing? But the key here is the opening dedication to Mervyn Peake, he of the “Gormenghast” novels which I recommended heartily and readers of that fine two thirds of a series will find themselves in familiar territory as Moorcock turns this book into basically a full on cover-band level tribute to Peake, doing his best to capture tone and vibe, with much of the action taking place in the enormous castle that just happens to have warrens in the walls filled with entire colonies of people living out their lives, while a commoner worms his way up the ranks, covertly murdering anyone who gets in his way.


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. Moorcock’s Elric was, in many ways, written to be contrary; to be the antithesis of the fantasy that came before.

My review is up on the New York Journal of Books website. Moorcock’s masterly evocation of Gloriana’s strange and secretive palace and of a vibrant London make this one of his most powerful and memorable novels.

Not, of course, that she believed in those terrible prehistoric fables, though sometimes she could not help wishing that they had really existed and that she had lived in them, for they must surely have been more colourful and stimulating than this present age, where dull Reason drove bright Romance away: Gloriana, or the Unfulfill’d Queen Author s: But Peake spent the whole book diving into the innards of that psyche, while Moorcock is content to use it as a symbolic black box.

The sound you hear may be the proverbial medieval chickens coming home to roost.

But unlike the real Elizabeth and her Scottish glodiana, Gloriana and Una are inseparable friends who do everything together. Gloriana, or the Unfulfilled Queen: I feel bad for the person who unknowingly picks this up thinking that its a more realistic historical novel or bless their innocent hearts an actual biography of Queen Elizabeth I.

I haven’t actually read Gormenghastbut from what I know of it, I think Moorcock made a worthy tribute to it in many ways here.

Peace throws men into a kind of confusion few of them have the strength to bear for long—responsibilities blossom.