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Blandamour, Claribell, & Duron in The Faerie Queene

Blandamour, Claribell, & Duron

An embodiment of everything that opposes friendship in Book 4, The Book of Friendship, Blandamour isn't a hideous monster or cruel tyrant… he's just kind of a jerk. He's constantly falling in love with every other woman he meets, which in turn leads to quarrels between friends as he attempts to steal women from their partners. This is not the kind of guy you want to invite to your party.

While many forms of true love are shown to compliment friendship, as in Canacee and Cambina, Blandamour embodies a kind of inconstant and flighty desire that is incompatible with true friendship. Claribell and Duron, who occasionally accompany Blandamour, demonstrate this vividly through their constant bickering and then sudden joviality.