Corceca in The Faerie Queene

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Corceca is the mother of Abessa, minor characters who appear in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.

Corceca and her family represent the Catholic Church, and Corceca in particular represents the blind commitment to ritual and empty prayers, as Corceca is frequently seen spending an inordinate amount of time at home doing nothing but empty rituals.

This was a common critique by Protestants of the Catholic Church at this time. Think of it as the modern-day criticism of “thoughts and prayers”.

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