Her story is among the most tragic of the entire six book series. When we first encounter her, we learned that her husband has died, and she has recently attempted suicide.
Amavia and her husband, Mordant, represent a grey area of The Faerie Queene poem. Because while their story is tragic, there is also some guilt associated with Sir Mordant for betraying his wife.
Likewise, Acrasia’s poisoning of Mordant may be an analogy for sexually transmitted diseases that were not well understood in Edmund Spenser’s time.
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- 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