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Kirkrapine: The Thief in The Faerie Queene

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Kirkrapine is the boyfriend of Corceca in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. He is a thief who has been funding Corceca and her daughter Abessa.

Once again, he represents the corruption in the Catholic Church, specifically how they perceived the Catholic Church as robbers of the people to benefit the clergy.

Kirkrapine attacks Una, but is promptly killed by the lion, a clear political statement as the lion represented the crown, which at this time was the head of the Church of England.

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