Gloriana, or The Unfulfill'd Queen

Gloriana or The Unfulfill d Queen One of Michael Moorcock s most brilliant and highly decorated novels here isthe story of a powerful queen whose quest for sexual satisfaction could destroy her kingdom A fable satirizing Spenser s Th

  • Title: Gloriana, or The Unfulfill'd Queen
  • Author: Michael Moorcock
  • ISBN: 9780006144618
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • One of Michael Moorcock s most brilliant and highly decorated novels, here isthe story of a powerful queen whose quest for sexual satisfaction could destroy her kingdom A fable satirizing Spenser s The Faerie Queen and reflecting the real life of Elizabeth I, GLORIANA, OR THE UNFULFILL D QUEEN tells of a woman who ascends to the throne upon the death of her debauched andOne of Michael Moorcock s most brilliant and highly decorated novels, here isthe story of a powerful queen whose quest for sexual satisfaction could destroy her kingdom A fable satirizing Spenser s The Faerie Queen and reflecting the real life of Elizabeth I, GLORIANA, OR THE UNFULFILL D QUEEN tells of a woman who ascends to the throne upon the death of her debauched and corrupted father, King Hern Gloriana s reign brings the Empire of Albion into a Golden Age, but her oppressive responsibilities choke her, prohibiting any form of sexual satisfaction no matter what fetish she tries Her problem is in fact symbolic of the hypocrisy of her entire court While her life is meant to mirror that of her nation an image of purity, virtue, enlightenment and prosperity the truth is that her peaceful empire is kept secure by her wicked chancellor Monfallcon and his corrupt network of spies and murderers, the most sinister of whom is Captain Quire, who is commissioned to seduce Gloriana and thus bring down Albion and the entire empire.

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    1. Queen Gloriana rules Albion, an alternate reality British Empire, with the help of her Chancellor, Montfallcon, and his dirty deeds in the name of the throne. Gloriana, as the title indicates, gets no release from sex and grows increasingly distraut. Montfallcon's main henchman, Quire, doesn't like how he's being treated and finds a new patron. His goal: the toppling of AlbionLike a lot of people, the first thing that drew me to Michael Moorcock was the Elric saga. In my old age, the Moorcock st [...]

    2. Moorcock has posited himself as the rebel of fantasy, sapping the high walls built by Howard and Tolkien. He is a well-spoken and thoughtful critic of the complete lack of romance in either of these would-be romances, but the love in Gloriana's court is anything but courtly.There is a delightful Quentin Crisp quote about how innovation is not 'seeing your neighbor to the left has a straight walk and your neighbor to the right a curved and thence making your own diagonal', suffice it to say that [...]

    3. A though-provoking, subverted story with very interesting plot, characters and setting (particularly the royal palace, “the haunted palace of the mind”, which plays a role in its own right). This alternate history fantasy is heavily laced with allegory, satire, irony and cynicism; it’s elaborately worded and woven into a tapestry of decadence, ennui, treachery and corruption, but also idealism, philosophy, duty and human misery."Gloriana told the story of a woman who personified the State [...]

    4. Michael Moorcock dislikes British imperialism so he writes a Faerie Queene parody/Peake pastiche where the Queen can't get off so she isn't a Real Woman but then she gets raped and finally has an orgasm. Someone publishes this book.Then Andrea Dworkin yells at Michael Moorcock because apparently it takes Andrea Dworkin to flag this rape thing as a bad idea and then Michael Moorcock writes an alternate ending with less rape that is somehow worse than the original.He also includes a note that you [...]

    5. Another flamboyant cast of decadents from Moorcock. A tribute to Peake’s Titus Groan and tribute/critique of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, this is more of reworking of assumptions and symbols that the myth of the British Empire rests on then an alternative history(though it’s a good one). A fantasy construct, not hinging on an adventure or a quest, filled with madness, political intrigue, travelers from other realms, automatons. Doctor Dee, court rituals, court poetry, and lots of sex. Captain [...]

    6. Michael Moorcock is well known for having strong views on what type of fantasy he likes and what he doesn't. For instance, he doesn't like Tolkien but does like Peake, to whose memory he dedicated this book. It's a long time since I read the Gormenghast trilogy but there are some obvious parallels although I didn't dwell on these; I wanted it to stand up as a story in it's own right. And it certainly did.The events of this story take place in some kind of alternative version of our history at wh [...]

    7. This was the first rather deviant science fiction book I'd read as a MINOR. My AP lit teacher senior year gave those of us who survived four years of "enriched" English a gift. Only 15 of us made it through to her class. She wasn't kidding when we started as freshmen and she told us to look left, right, front and back. Only one of us would remain and qualify to see her again senior year.As a gift for making it through, she gave us each a book she felt best represented us. She gave me this book. [...]

    8. A book that shows that Moorcock can really write and think. This Gothic Elizabethan fantasy shows an alternate world (in which Moorcock specialises) which clearly, consciously or not in his successors' cases, is part of the same fantasy complexes of Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman and the American Tim Powers. This is not steam-punk perhaps but sail-punk. Hidden within the folds of the story (and Moorcock folds his stories in time and space like the folds of a rose) are some serious ruminations on po [...]

    9. When I started reading Gloriana -- maybe even before that, when I read about the premise -- I was very doubtful about whether I'd like it. The way the plot revolves around the fact that Gloriana can't have an orgasm just baffled me: it made it sound like that was the most important thing in life, which it isn't. Still, actually reading the book, and especially the ending, made me think that aspect of it is actually a metaphor. I understand people who find the ending abhorrent: there's a rape sce [...]

    10. I first read this book as a teenager some thirty five years ago. At that time, I found the haunting atmosphere of Elizabethan sensuality to be extremely arousing and stimulating. Moorcock serves up a rich pageant of decadence, luxury and pleasure, with every variety of sex either shown explicitly or hinted at.The problem is that Moorcock is the kind of guy who gets all the little things right -- but can't create a big picture story-line to save his life! Tiny episodes are scorchingly erotic, lik [...]

    11. I slogged through the first half of this book with little interest. There was so much exposition with so little action, and characters were piled on. An interesting setting - within the walls of the palace - was introduced, but it didn't really go anywhere.Finally, almost two-thirds of the way through, plots started to thicken, irrelevant characters started to show up, THINGS HAPPENED.So the book went from a total loss to a 'meh'. Looking back on the book, I'm mostly disappointed by what could h [...]

    12. in a far more lush and gothic olde england, a decidedly NOT virgin queen rules over a golden age of expansion, exploration, and harmony. a secret population of those who have slipped into disfavor or diminished in fame live in between the walls of her sprawling palace. her gorgeous reign of peace and prosperity is built upon the blood and misery of her unlamented insane father. she keeps a seraglio of willing creatures of every sort because she loves them too much to ever turn anyone out of her [...]

    13. This has what we could call *highly problematic* sexual themes. The conceit is that an alternate fantasy Queen Elizabeth runs a world-spanning and semi-Utopian Empire, and has only one problem -- she can't find sexual satisfaction. Well, it's Mr. Moorcock, and he wrote it in the 70s, so what can you do. Worth reading, but incoherent, and with a pretty appalling ending, even given the conceit.

    14. ‘Gloriana’ is Michael Moorcock’s tribute to the incomparable Mervyn Peake. The young Moorcock was a great admirer of Peake’s work when it was little known, became a friend in his tragic last illness and assisted in the publication of ‘Titus Alone’. Structurally, Moorcock’s book has many similarities to the Gormenghast books: the sprawling castle with its worlds-within-worlds, the large and quirky cast of fancifully named characters, the elaborate and ceremonial descriptions – alt [...]

    15. What turns out to be a comical almost farcical theme (a Queen, modelling on the Virgin Queen, struggling for "release") turns out to be deftly spun and extraordinarily written novel, marking it as one of Fantasy's most searing triumphs.

    16. I have tried reading this blasted book three times. I know it's me. Moorcock does a wonderful job of creating an alternate England. But, for me, something is missing. I'm not sure. Maybe its the whole take on Elizabeth. I don't know. Moorcock does write an excellent Dr. Dee, however.

    17. I feel bad for the person who unknowingly picks this up thinking that its a more realistic historical novel or (bless their innocent hearts) an actual biography of Queen Elizabeth I. Readers who don't do their research beforehand may be mildly surprised to find out that it doesn't really match any kind of history at all, which is intentional, as its basically an alternate history given a fantastic slant, substituting a new version of Elizabeth (here called "Gloriana") and turning her reign into [...]

    18. My review is up on the New York Journal of Books website. Side note- I read the re-released hard copy of Gloriana: Or The Unfulfilled Queen. This magnificent story is on my "forever favorite" list of books. Michael Moorcock is brilliant!

    19. Originally published on my blog here in June 2001.Gloriana marks something of a new departure for Moorcock. It is more removed from the swqord-and-sorcery epics which were the inspiration for (say) the Runestaff series and is a longer novel not part of a series. It shows clear traces of its influences, but these are in the most part more literary than before.It is possible that one of the immediate influences on Moorcock was Queen ELizabeth's Silver Jubilee, but I find it difficult to see him be [...]

    20. In the Afterword, Moorcock reduces Gloriana to a pretty straightforward idea: an anti-imperialist counterpoint to Faerie Queene, in the style of Gormenghast. Which could be a cool project, and it has some mixed successes, but it ends up kind of tripping over the stuff it has to say while it's trying to say it. The thematic material is overtly written into the narration but coexists awkwardly with the plot, an odd blend of telling where most books would show and wasting time instead on stupid sym [...]

    21. This is an incredibly lush story about an idealized England. Albion has emerged from tyranny and into a Golden Age, brought about by its perfect queen, the titular Gloriana. As with most empires, there's corruption behind the scenes, however: the queen's advisor, Montfalcon, breaks quite a few eggs making the omelets necessary to keep Albion running while protecting her from his scheming. A careless mistake leads to hurt feelings and a growing sense of enmity that threatens to topple the whole k [...]

    22. 2.5 starsGloriana (1979) is Moorcock's homage to Mervyn Peake (author of the Gormenghast saga), and fittingly, is a lush tale of intrigue told in thoroughly British prose. At times brilliant (especially in the descriptions of the seasonal festivities), often captivating and humorous, often sluggish and overly subtle, ultimately unfulfilling, it's a book I recommend borrowing from the library before buying. Not everyone will enjoy such decadence.Speaking of decadence, the tale takes place in Rena [...]

    23. Moorcock's writing oscillates between excellence and bullshit so dramatically and with such frequency that it's dizzying. Nowhere is this better exemplified then with this book, which was promised as courtly intrigue that takes place in Spencer's Fairy Queene. There are few things that could mar such an outstanding premise. One of those things is a persistent misogyny built into the very foundation of the plot. Moorcock is a well poisoner. No one can ever write an erotic romp through a Shakespea [...]

    24. I read this becuase my husband's a devoted Moorcock fan (they're on first name terms- isn't this internet thing amazing?) I'll diplomatically say it's just not my cup of tea - there are just too many lists of fabrics, metals, walls that makes the prose unwieldy. I did love the fact that the most powerful character was a woman - exaggerated, but still human and I can't actively dislike a book that concludes that a really good orgasm is good for queen and country. So much SF/ fantasy (especially b [...]

    25. The faerie queen meets Gormenghast by way of Michael Moorcock. There was no way I wasn't going to enjoy this book, the decay of this very romantic sort of utopia makes for truly compelling reading. That said the well discussed final scene did threaten to spoil the entire enterprise for me, it is by no means an exploitative scene (in my opinion) but I do think Moorcock hugely overreached into some deeply squicky territory.

    26. This is, without question, the best pornographic deconstruction of The Faerie Queene I've ever read.

    27. This review contains spoilers.Gloriana cannot be described as historical fiction or even an alternate history. However, the Albion that Gloriana rules will be very familiar to most readers.Gloriana is a fantasy novel, set in a fantasy world during a Golden Age of chivalry, prosperity, science, culture and art. Gloriana presides over Albion and it's colonies / protectorates with a rule that solves difference amicably, that does not permit execution or violence and promotes justice. Of course, the [...]

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