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Chrysogonee: The Mother of Amoret and Belphoebe

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Chrysogonee is the mother of Amoret and Belphoebe in book 3 of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.

Through Chrysogonee, Spencer gives us a virgin birth, where she is impregnated by pure sunlight, and eventually gives birth to Amoret and Belphoebe. Both of her daughters represent two different aspects of love:

  • Amoret, representing marriage
  • Belphoebe, representing chastity

Eventually, once she has borne her two children, they are both taken away and given to the goddesses Venus and Diana to raise.

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