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Jesus Christ and the Red Cross Knight In his very first book of The Faerie Queen, Edmund Spenser recites the tale of the Red Cross Knight and the many trials and tribulations that he encounters along his quest to rescue Princess Una's kingdom. Throughout the tale Spenser makes several allusions to the Red Cross Knight being a Christ-like character. Every one of the qualities and attributes which Red Cross develops across the way contribute to his personification of Christ on the third day of the dragon battle. Many of these allusions are found in small references and images. The very first image that Spenser uses to associate the tale's significance to Christianity and Christ appears in canto I stanza iv: A beautiful Ladie rode him faire beside, Upon a lowly Asse more white then snow, However she much skinnier,... Seemed in heart some hidden care she had, And with her line a milke white lambe she lad. (I.iv.) A picture from the New Testament could be gleaned from this scene. Picture Red Cross as Joseph on his way to Bethlehem directing the Virgin Mother Mary, Princess Una, who is riding in an ass carrying Jesus Christ the Lamb of God within her uterus or at this event behind her. Though through this picture Red Cross is seen as Joseph and not Christ, it is known afterwards in the narrative that the lamb represents what Red Cross may eventually become through the help of both Una and the trials he will confront during his quest. The vision of Una since the virgin Mother of Christ solidifies her as with such characteristics as chastity, truth, as well as innocence. Each of these cement Una at the function of a perfect marching, one who will lead her champion to his utmost potential: that of a true romance hero. The adventures of Red Cross mirror the temptation in the dessert.