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Braggadochio: A Comedic Knight in The Faerie Queene

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Braggadochio is one of the few intentionally comedic characters in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. He first appears in book 2, stealing Sir Guyon’s horse.

Braggadochio and his companion Trompart represent a false ideal of what a knight is supposed to look like.

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Braggadochio is obsessed with the external elements that make up a knight, such as armor, swords, horses, etc. But when it comes down to the real virtues that make a knight (strength, courage, etc.) he completely lacks.

Throughout the text, we learn that he is a coward, he is impolite, and is easily manipulated by his squire.

In short, he is a comedic inverse of what a knight should be.

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