How does Lady Una inspire the Red Cross Knight


Lady Una is the heroine of the Allegorical poem “The Faerie Queene” written by Edmund Spenser (1552-1599). The poem centres around the journey to free Lady Una’s parents who are entrapped by the captivity of the Dragon. In their journey, Lady Una has inspired the Red Cross knight in sundry ways. These are mentioned below with reference to the allegorical poem.

Being a companion of Red Cross Knight

When the Red Cross Knight is ready to free Lady Una’s parents, Lady Una becomes the companion of the journey. We know that a proper company is always a better inspiration. so, we can say that being a companion of journey lady Una inspired Red Cross Knight.

More Notes: The Faerie Queene

By Providing spiritual strength

Lady Una is the symbol of truth and purity. In the poem “The Faerie Queene” book I

Edmund Spenser has represented Lady Una as spiritual strength. Through the Journey, Red Cross Knight has been entrapped by the Monster. He tries to release himself from the Monster, but his attempt falls in vain. In the meantime, Lady Una has become pathetic to see Red Cross Knight’s miserable condition. so, she cries out and says the Knight to be self-confident. And he has to be capable of freeing himself from the Monster so that he can complete his mission.

His lady sad to see sore constraint,

Cried out, now now Sir Knight, shew what ye bee,

Add faith unto your force, and be not faint:

Strangle her else she sure will strangle thee.

By hearing the lady’s words, the Knight enables not only to free himself from the monster but also kill the monster. In such a way, Lady Una has provided spiritual strength.


So, we can conclude that a man’s success depends on his perfect partner. Red Cross Knight is the symbol of Holiness and lady Una is the symbol of Truth and Purity.

Rashedul Islam
Rashedul Islam

Hi, This is Rashedul. Researcher and lecturer of English literature and Linguistics.

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