So when Belphoebe defeats Braggadocchio
in Book II, Spenser is endorsing the Queen's attack on 'the frivolous life of pleasure', hoping to celebrate the nation, Virgilian style, and direct his reader to 'the central tenets of Christian theology', rooting 'these somewhat contradictory ideals in the concrete particulars of the Elizabethan court' (100).
The witch, however, then creates a counterfeit Florimell, who is borne away one day by Braggadocchio, only to have her taken from him by another knight.
He returns to his buried treasure, only to find that it has been stolen by the servant of Braggadocchio. Mad with jealousy and fury, he casts himself from a cliff -- but he is so consumed by wrath that there is nothing left of him but an airy sprite.
At this point arrives Sir Ferraugh with the false Florimell he had taken from Braggadocchio. Blandamour, desiring the lovely false Florimell, rides against her knight and captures her.