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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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Queen Gloriana

View all 5 comments. Retrieved 25 February Feb 22, James Debruicker rated it really liked it. 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 power and myth, a theme running through so many of his works. Doctor Dee, court rituals, court poetry, and lots of sex. But Gloriana is an anti-romance”more a dialogue with Spenser of The Faerie Queene than a description of my own ideal State,” [1] says Moorcock.

Gloriana’s Thane of Hermiston has travelled to some of them, and Albion has been visited from other spheres by such as Cagliostro and Adolphus Hiddleran Austrian who claimed to have conquered his own world. Alan Moore does similar things in his graphic work and there is a school here of occult trickster nationalism exploiting the global market in a world of paradox and mirrors.

Gloriana by Michael Moorcock

May 08, Dan Schwent rated it really liked it Shelves: There are also links between the characters; Gloriana is in part Fuschia, Quire in larger part Steerpike. Moreover, Moorcock never succeeds in establishing Quire as a credible tough guy — all the rowdies in the wrong part of town are supposedly in awe of this guy, but then he shows up to the big infernal jamboree with a teenage boy as his heavy date! 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.


What kept my interest was seeing how he played with the notions of history, tweaking past events here and there so he could extrapolate them into this book, giving us a world that exists past its own edges. He’s quite happy with his job, until he feels insulted by his employer and then decides to spend the rest of the book getting his revenge.

Gloriana is a fantasy novel, set in a fantasy world during a Golden Age of chivalry, prosperity, science, culture and art.

The story is concerned with the intricacies and intrigues of court and political life. Looking back on the book, I’m mostly disappointed by what could h I slogged through the first half of this book with little interest. I haven’t actually read Gormenghastbut from what I know of it, I think Moorcock made a worthy tribute to it in many ways here.

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No one can ever write an erotic romp through a Shakespea Moorcock’s writing oscillates between excellence and bullshit so dramatically and with such frequency that it’s dizzying. The ending in particular drives home just how oddly the plot has played out, how inadequately certain dramatic elements have been established. As I appreciate 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 make up the gamut of humanity.

Moorcock’s writing oscillates between excellence and bullshit so dramatically and with such frequency that it’s dizzying.

Paperbackpages. Michael Moorcock is well known for having strong views on what type of fantasy he likes and what he doesn’t.

Gloriana is Albion and Albion is Gloriana; if one falls, so too will the other. Gloriana cannot be described as historical fiction or even an alternate history. Another flamboyant cast of decadents from Moorcock.

With the exception of Una, Countess of Scaith, the Queen’s best friend and lover the glorana are pretty forgettable. World Fantasy Award — Novel. But even the utterly ruthless Quire does not fully understand what he has set in motion when he persuades the Queen to fall in love with him The justice of secret state violence in preserving internal and global peace is posed explicitly by characters many times over, but it exists in this garbled context that makes it feel like a distraction to the story rather than a supportive throughline.


Moorcock does manage to keep this all moving, upping the body count every so often to keep our attention and making us guess exactly how far Quire will make everyone descend into his sexual playland even if the whole thing seems to happen very quickly. Inside the walls live disgraced nobles, criminals, former lovers, people in hiding and various misfits.

Not everyone will enjoy such decadence. It’s an alternate history that doesn’t take much of an interest in world affairs but still drastically curtails the extent of colonialism, placing western Native American nations on the same footing as the small American colony on the East Coast. A number moofcock people don’t appear to like the writing style here, which is deliberately designed to evoke the time during which the story takes place, coming across as a bit more florid than modern writing.

However, Moorcock is not being contrary in Gloriana, which in most regards, reads like an abridged Elizabethan take on Peake’s Gormenghast books which, incidentally, are the origin of Crisp’s quotation, by way of his introduction.

Everything ties together and the twists and turns keep the reader guessing until the satisfying end. These were sessions for planned albums based on two Moorcock novels: Due to strong friendship with stalwart anti-pornography feminist Andrea Dworkinhe later altered the ending to reflect contemporary feminist-inflected comprehension of women’s sexuality and eroticism. I liked this, but I also don’t feel any desire to visit glorianw setting ever again.