Explain personal, historical, political allegories in Spenser's The Faerie Queene.

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Many scholars recognize two dominant categories of allegory in Spenser's work: (1) moral and religious allegory; (2) historical and national allegory. "Political" is a term that might be interchangeable with either of the standard terms, historical/national. "Personal" might be interchangeable with either of the standard terms moral/religious.

The moral or religious allegory (one allegory described by two different focalizing words) addresses Spenser's objective of producing a work that might instruct and guide gentlemen and noblemen into living morally and religiously upright and virtuous lives:

The generall end therefore of all the booke, is to fashion a gentleman or noble person in vertuous and gentle discipline. (Letter to Sir Walter Raleighi, The Faerie Queene)

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