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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The sound you hear may be the proverbial medieval chickens coming home to roost. Reading both the original and revised endings, though, I don’t think that was where Moorcock was going with that.

As I said before, Gloriana can’t have an orgasm no glorana what. But it falls pathetically flat with long-winded writing and little action for pages. 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.

A number of 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 glriana modern writing.

View all 8 comments. Not for younger readers as it contains some very adult themes but I can see gloiana it is regarded by some as a masterwork of fantasy.

Queen Gloriana

Then there is the ceremonial; Gloriana is full of descriptions of masques. The maddening thing is that after you’ve read this book you keep thinking about all the other, vloriana characters. It’s implicitly linked to this question of sexual promiscuity and “Romance” but the plot stakes are so distant and shift with such casual ambiguity even toward the end that any links are impossible to parse.


The plot is pedestrian at times.

Other books in the series. 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. His afterword also addresses the last chapter and its glorian scene that was later rewritten.

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The court intrigue and the queen were boring. And while the focus on royal style getting some may make you wonder if we’re heading toward Alan Moore “Lost Girls” territory, fortunately Quire shows up to shift the plot toward honest to goodness to seduction.

All that said, I enjoyed reading it most of the time.

However, the Albion that Gloriana rules will be very familiar to most readers. I know it’s me. This review contains spoilers.

For the rest of the book — the rest of Gloriana’s life — she’s too concerned with being a queen, with being a country. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. A careless mistake leads to hurt feelings and a growing sense of enmity that threatens to topple the whole kingdom.

One of those things is a persistent misogyny built into the very foundation of the plot. View all 3 comments. Whilst the court of Albion is interesting and the world is vivid and recognisable, mooorcock problem I have with the book is that nothing really happens for the first half of the book.


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. On the novel’s title page and on its original cover, Moorcock calls Gloriana a romance and, indeed, its setting and characters resemble those of that popular literary genre of the Medieval and Renaissance periods—an imagined time of omorcockjoustsand masques. Two of the Gloriana tracks “Inglesborough”and “Montfallcon” were reworked with additional musicians and appeared on the Spirits Burning CD Alien Injectionalso released in The only character drawn from actual history is Gloriana’s philosopher, Doctor Dee, who shares his royal position with Elizabeth I’s court astrologer, also called John Dee.

A central theme moorccock the book is not returning to those ‘bad days’. Mar 23, Tim Pendry rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In more recent years, Moorcock has taken to using “Warwick Colvin, Jr. A new golden Age of peace, enlightenment and prosperity has dawned.