Ali asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 3 weeks ago

What does "battell braue" mean here?

Vpon a great aduenture he was bond,

That greatest Gloriana to him gaue,

That greatest Glorious Queene of Faerie lond,

To winne him worship, and her grace to haue,

Which of all earthly things he most did craue;

And euer as he rode, his hart did earne

To proue his puissance in battell braue

Vpon his foe, and his new force to learne;

Vpon his foe, a Dragon horrible and stearne.

                  

                  Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene (Book 1.1) 

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  • Marli
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    3 weeks ago
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    "Battle brave" 

    IMO  a "good fight" or " a hard fight"

    Perhaps a "victorious war" or a "glorious fight".

    The Knight intended to prove he was a mighty warrior by showing what he could do to his enemy in a great battle "to prove his pursuance in Battelle braue".  Great deeds of valour on the battlefields would make people respect ("worship") him and he would get approval and good things ("grace") from the Queen.

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