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Ruddymane: The Red Handed in The Faerie Queene

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Ruddymane is the son of Amavia and Mordant in book 2 of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene.

He is just an infant, but is tragically left an orphan when his mother commits suicide and his father dies by poisoning.

When his mother stabs herself, part of her blood gets on Ruddymane’s hands, and this blood is never able to wash away, possibly symbolizing the lasting guilt behind his mother and father’s end.

Because although Amavia and Mordant were victims, there is still some semblance of culpability for Mordant leaving his family to pursue Acrasia, no matter what enchantment he may have had.

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