Edmund Spenser. For factual details see the pre-note to Chapter V.
The Faerie Queene.
The fullest introductory study is M. P. Parker The Allegory of The Fairie Queene ( 1960), and among general studies may be instanced chapters in C. S. Lewis The Allegory of Love (corrected edition, 1938), E. Greenlaw Historical Allegory ( 1932), H. G. Lotspeich Classical Mythology in . . . Spenser ( 1932), the symposium That Soveraine Light, edited by W. R. Mueller and D. C. Allen ( 1952), and V. K. Whitaker The Religious Basis of Spenser's Thought ( 1950). D. T. Starnes and E. W. Talbert have a useful introductory chapter on Spenser handling of source material in their Classical Myth and Legend in Renaissance Dictionaries ( 1955).
Of especial importance for the following chapter, which is concerned with the sources and interpretation of a major episode in Spenser's moral and philosophical allegory, are E. Wind Pagan Mysteries in the Renaissance ( 1958), and J. Seznec The Survival of the Pagan Gods, trans. by B. F. Sessions ( 1953). These works are referred to by author's name. The citations from Natalis Comes, similarly abbreviated, are from the 1588 Frankfurt edition of his Mythologia.