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

I found it interesting that this edition included both endings but kept the original offensive while adding the rewrite as an appendix. I did find the original rather obnoxious, but found the rewrite just as condescending in its own way.

Despite the sexual activity being very much on the ‘extreme’ end it’s made clear all activity is consensual. My Fantasy Book Suggestions It’s an utterly bloodless fixation–it’s not a horny book at all, no sex scenes–but sex is the primary currency of character arcs and plot beats.

bloriana Jan 05, Zachary Latif rated it it was amazing. 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 being inspired by this.

In fact, it is quite different, and displays a more original kind of imagination, making it a most interesting read. The writing itself was, to my mind, easy to read.

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The court intrigue and the queen were boring. I didn’t realize how much it had going against it until I tallied it all up. Made the mistake of persevering with this. Montfallcon has maintained peace throughout Gloriana’s year reign using terror, oppression, and a network of informants.


Albion’s capital is “Troynovante” New Troywhich is an allusion to sixteenth century mythologies about the alleged initial settlement of England by descendants of the sacked classical kingdom of Troy. The guilty repression of history and responsibility are bluntly metaphorized by both the walls and the seraglio and the way they’re kind of submerged in the text, constantly mentioned by never addressed, but on top of the rest it feels like the book is robbed of any potentially interesting flavor.

Most of the initial POV characters are abandoned only to emerge much later as flat pawns, with no real moorccok of why they needed to be POVs in the first place. And believability goes right out the window!

Open Preview See a Problem? The book is really nothing so much as an eroticized rewrite of Peake, but Moorcock does not have the capacious wit necessary to evoke Peake.

Gloriana by Michael Moorcock

The third and most important and famous ‘sex’ problem is that of the ending. Everything ties together and the twists and turns keep the reader guessing until the satisfying end. The queen has an elaborate sex dungeon full of all sorts of debauchery so elaborate that a whole community of volunteer sex slaves and bastard children just live there. A careless mistake leads to hurt feelings and a growing sense of enmity that threatens to topple moorcoock whole k This is an incredibly lush story about an idealized England.

Speaking gloriaana decadence, the tale takes place in Rena 2. The second ‘sexual’ problem is that of bestiality – Gloriana has ‘ape-men’ to please her.

It’s not clear why this scene is so crucial. Or The Unfulfilled Queen. 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.


Even though that may not be the central message I’m not sure what the message is. His own best henchman is Quire. The novel is set in an alternated England, ruled by Gloriana, who is clearly based on the glorana of Elizabeth I, if a little more advanced in technology.

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.

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.

The labyrinthine world of the court as a whole, though; that, I really liked.

Mar 23, Tim Pendry rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Most men prefer it, when it comes, because their lives are far too complicated.