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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Feb 22, James Debruicker rated it really liked it.

Queen Gloriana

Looking back on glotiana book, I’m mostly disappointed by what could have been. But the major plot of the book — Quire ruins Gloriana, then saves her, then seduces her — just doesn’t ring true.

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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. And although there are a few allusions to his Eternal Champion series, this novel stands alone, serving as an approachable introduction to his work. Originally published on my blog here in June I’ve read and loved well, at least the first two Gormenghast books. Ultimately I found myself interested in the world that wasn’t addressed by this book.

There were about a dozen people in this book I actually liked, but where did they go?

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Each man exploits Albion’s shadowy network of espionage and deceit for his own ends, with Gloriana caught in the middle. It is possible that one of the immediate influences on Moorcock was Queen ELizabeth’s Silver Jubilee, but I find it difficult to see him being inspired by this.

Gloriana’s Thane of Hermiston has travelled to some of them, and Albion has been visited from other spheres by such as Cagliostro and Adolphus Hiddleran Austrian who claimed to have conquered his own world. Moorcock is more constructing a fable of how things could have and why it wouldn’t have lasted anyone. morcock

More immediate to me are the questions about consent concerning children and animals, which are not dealt with critically at all — rather the opposite. 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. In my old age, the Moorcock Glooriana Gloriana rules Albion, an alternate reality British Empire, with glorian help of her Chancellor, Montfallcon, moorfock his dirty deeds in the name of the throne.


The only character drawn from actual history is Gloriana’s philosopher, Doctor Dee, who shares his royal position with Elizabeth I’s court astrologer, also called John Dee. Gloriana; or, The Unfulfill’d Queen Author s: It is certainly in no way genre Fantasy, and though the characters may not be easy to empathize with, you glorjana won’t be stuck resenting them for flimsily facaded archetypes.

A number of people don’t appear to like the writing style here, which is deliberately designed to evoke the time during which the story takes place, coming across as a bit more florid than modern writing. I’m sure there are deeper messages but they were lost on me in the unsettling ending. No one can ever write an erotic romp through a Shakespearean fantasy setting ever again. Gloriana says ‘no’ and achieves orgasm by asserting her ‘power’.

Feb 24, Carol Storm rated it really liked it. Both can be equally despicable and commit barbarous acts but I feel Quire has none of the moordock of Steerpike who is a real rags to riches story – an individual motivated by passion. Other books in the series. Moorcock really has no insight at all into her character. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. 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.

The other work moorcck this book is based yloriana is Spenser’s ‘The Faerie Queene’.

Captain Arcturus Quire is a combination of Steerpike and Iago who guides the plot to its unsettling and ironic and somewhat controversial conclusion. Perhaps this is a nod to Spenser’s glorious opinion of Elizabethan society was very different in reality? I consider myself broad minded and as a libertarian think people should be able to engage in any consensual activity between adults. 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.


Albion’s world is one of many parallel worlds of which Gloriana’s people are just learning.

When I read the early chapters I felt I was in for a real treat. Montfallcon has hired help – the mysterious Quire who can aid Albion through murder, kidnap and manipulation to achieve his aims. Michael Bloriana is well known for having strong views on what type of fantasy he likes and what he doesn’t.

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Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. Gloriana’s downfall comes in the form gloriiana a bisexual assassin and spyantihero Captain Arturo Quire.

Gloriana is Albion and Albion is Gloriana; if one falls, so too will the other. The novel is dedicated to Peake’s memory. Two of the Gloriana tracks “Inglesborough”and “Montfallcon” were reworked with additional musicians and appeared on the Spirits Burning CD Alien Injectionalso released in Another flamboyant cast of decadents from Moorcock.

He is the power behind Gloriana’s throne, one of the few survivors of King Hern’s court, where he saw most of his family killed to entertain that tyrant king. I think I’ll just re-read Gormenghast. Onto this scene arrives the disreputable Captain Quire, a one-time spy, formerly employed by Gloriana’s Chancellor, Lord Montfallcon.

Nov 29, Lani rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.

For me, Steerpike is an anti-hero whereas Quire has no redeeming features and isn’t even that interesting. Two minor chracters betrayed, corrupted, and then some betrayal of their own.

These were sessions for planned albums glorianw on two Moorcock novels: This is an incredibly lush story about an idealized England. Jun 02, Fantasy Literature rated it it was ok. Of course, the This review contains spoilers. Despite the sexual activity being very much on the ‘extreme’ end it’s made clear all activity is consensual.