E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Red Cross Knight,
in Spensers 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 Unas father. Having achieved this feat, he marries Una (q.v.). (Book i.)