She is what gives life and meaning to our heroes, just as the soul gives life to the body.
Her Role in The Faerie Queene
Alma lives in a castle that rightly mimics the human body, and even has servants that represent different bodily functions. For example, many of the servants in the kitchen have names related to food, such as Diet and Concoction.
These counselors represent the future, the present, and the past.
Visiting the Counselors
When they visit the counselor of the past, Arthur and Guyon are each invited to read books that are particularly relevant to them.
Arthur reads a book about the History of the Kings of Britain (based heavily on the actual text of this name by Geoffrey of Monmouth), while Guyon reads a book about the history of fairyland, of which we learn very little.
Alma’s castle is besieged by bandits, led by a man named Maleger, and it is only with Arthur’s help that they are able to vanquish them.
See our complete list of Arthurian characters for more entries like this one.
- Norris Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe, Debra Mancoff – The Arthurian Handbook (Second Edition)
- Alan Lupack – The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend
- Ronan Coghlan – The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends
- Anonymous – Lancelot-Grail, the French Vulgate
- Sir Thomas Malory – Le Morte d’Arthur