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 Red Cross (The).Red Feathers (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Red Cross Knight,
in Spenser’s Faërie Queene, is the impersonation of holiness, or rather the spirit of Christianity. Politically he typifies the Church of England. The knight is sent forth by the queen to slay a dragon which ravaged the kingdom of Una’s father. Having achieved this feat, he marries Una (q.v.). (Book i.)   1

 Red Cross (The).Red Feathers (The). 

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