Moorcock conceived of Gloriana as his last fantasy novel, which it wasn’t, and as a crucial turning point in his career, which it was. Spenser’s. Gloriana the First is the Queen of Albion, an alternate version of England. She is the ruler of a vast empire, and lives in a vast, labyrinthine palace. She is known. Gloriana by Michael Moorcock – book cover, description, publication history.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Glorisna Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Gloriana by Michael Moorcock. A fable satirizing Spenser’s “The Fairie Queen” and reflecting the real life of Elizabeth I, tells of a woman who ascends to the moocrock 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 fet A fable satirizing Spenser’s “The Fairie Queen” and reflecting the real life of Elizabeth I, 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 moogcock 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. Paperbackpages. Published August 1st by Aspect first published April The Michael Moorcock Collection.
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May 08, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.
Like a lot of people, the first thing that drew me to Michael Moorcock was the Elric saga. In my old age, the Moorcock 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. In my old age, the Moorcock stories I like best are the ones that have little to do with Elric or the Eternal Champion cycle, like Dancers at the End of Time or the Jerry Cornelius stories.
As I said before, Gloriana can’t have an orgasm no matter what. No man nor woman, ape-man nor robot sheep, nothing can make her climax. Moorcock could easily make this a porno novel but doesn’t. Though it takes place in a fantasy universe, it more of a political novel than anything else, with all the court intrigue and backstabbing. The writing is different from Moorcock’s other work, more like Mervyn Peake, whom the book is dedicated to. It’s easy to see Peake’s influence on Moorcock on this one, both in the writing and the labyrinthine halls of Gloriana’s palace.
Gloriana is a well-written character, as are Una, Wheldrake, Quire, Montfallon, and the rest.
Gloriana by Michael Moorcock
Longtime Moorock readers will note that Una and Wheldrake appear in other Moorcock works as well. Moorcockian gods Arioch and Xiombarg are invoked as curse words and are regarded as old gods.
As near as I can tell, those are the only references to the Eternal Champion saga. I’d recommend this to Moorcock fans with an open mind, as well as Mervyn Peake fans, fans of decadent fantasy, and also readers who like their fantasy to have a political bend. View all 10 comments. May 13, J. Keely rated it really liked it Shelves: Moorcock has posited himself as the rebel of fantasy, sapping the high walls built by Howard and Tolkien.
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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 moorcodk 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 Moorcock has posited himself as the rebel of fantasy, sapping the high gloriaha built by Howard and Tolkien.
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 contrariness is not the mother of invention.
Moorcock’s Elric was, in many ways, written to be contrary; to be the antithesis of the fantasy that came before. However, Moorcock is not being contrary in Gloriana, which in most regards, reads like an abridged Elizabethan take on Peake’s Gormenghast books glodiana, incidentally, are the origin of Crisp’s quotation, by way of his introduction.
Gloriana is considered by highfalutin Moorcock fans to joorcock perhaps his most remarkable and original work. It is certainly in no way genre Fantasy, and though the characters may not be easy to empathize with, you certainly won’t be stuck resenting them for flimsily facaded archetypes. Though they are not based upon those same silly cliches, they are still immediately as one-dimensional and unchanging.
The moorcodk is really nothing so much as an eroticized rewrite of Peake, but Moorcock does not have the capacious wit moorcpck to evoke Peake.
It is more of a fond imitation than a reimagining. That being said, it takes a skilled writer to draw any comparison to Peake, even when that’s precisely what they are trying to do. The book will also teach you the word ‘seraglio’; a one which I hope to have more and more a need to use in the future, hopefully in the same sentence as ‘odalisque’.
My Fantasy Book Suggestions If this is a testament to Moorcok’s writing skills and authority I’ll have to look for more of his works, even if such mocking grimness is best served in small portions and far between. As I glorriana some bleak, cold logic and a healthy dose of realism in my books, so I do appreciate redemption, hope, selflessness and all the positive emotions, quieter maybe, that gloirana up the gamut of humanity.
Most men prefer it, when it comes, because their lives are far too complicated.
Peace throws men into a kind of confusion few of them have the strength to bear for long—responsibilities blossom. Most of the world is made up of weaklings, Tink—and in war they flourish.
Oh, how the weak love to fight! View all 6 comments. Feb 18, Besha rated it did not like it Shelves: Someone publishes this book. Then Andrea Dworkin yells at Michael Moorcock because apparently it takes Andrea Dworkin to flag this rape thing koorcock 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 shouldn’t rape people, everybody, sorry if that was unclear. Jan 02, Adam rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Peake,Spenser, and Shakespeare. Another flamboyant cast of decadents from Moorcock. 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 Arctur Another flamboyant cast of decadents from Moorcock.
Captain Arcturus Quire is a combination of Steerpike and Iago who guides the plot to its unsettling and ironic and somewhat controversial conclusion. 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 moorcoco I morocock 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 Michael Moorcock is well known for having strong views on what type of fantasy he likes and what he doesn’t. The events of this story take place in some kind of alternative version of our history at which the British empire referred to here as “Albion” is at it’s hight and in the midst of moorcok apparent golden age of glory and peace.
The focus is on the fictional queen “Gloriana” who seemed to me some kind of cross between Elizabeth the 1st and Victoria and the rather large cast of characters who spend much of their time in and around the labyrinthine palace, from the lordly to the lowly, the lords, ladies, ambassadors, spies, soldiers, poets, rogues and the mysterious characters who roam the lost corridors and rooms in the forgotten depths of the palace.
Although the author can’t help but weave into the story mention of the multi-verse and hints of characters that one might have read else where from his extensive canon, once the new facts of the situation are accepted, little suspension of disbelief is required.
The story is concerned with the intricacies and intrigues of court and political life. Gradually the facade crumbles and the perfect vision of Glorianz and the Queen are revealed for the myth that they are. Stylistically, this is quite different from anything else I’ve read by Moorcock and it proves his versitility as a writer.
An engaging storyline and intriguing bloriana made this a very enjoyable read. Not for younger readers as it contains some very adult themes but I can see why it is regarded by some as a masterwork of fantasy.
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 gloirana 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. F If a teacher gave my underage child a book like this, I’d probably have words with said teacher. So I have her to thank for my deeper dive into deviance.
Moorcock is a very good writer. This book while odd for a 17 year old, pulled me in and I enjoyed it greatly. His imagery is vivid. Close to 20 years later, I still remember this book with fond memories. View all 8 comments.