Sansfoy, Sansloy, and Sansjoy are three Saracens (an old term that usually meant Muslims or sometimes “pagans” in general) who are brothers and who each oppose the noble Redcross Knight on his journey. Sansfoy is the first of the brothers to be introduced (along with his lady Duessa, who is a witch in disguise). When he is slain, his brothers promise to avenge him, but over the course of the poem, they too are slain, despite often receiving unfair advantages in battle.
Sansfoy Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character Sansfoy appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book I: Canto II
...Saracen (a Muslim) The Saracen’s shield contains the words Sans foy (“without faith”). Next to Sansfoy the Saracen is a lady (Duessa) in scarlet who wears a Persian-style crown. She is... (full context)
Book I: Canto III
Book I: Canto IV
...ways to defeat the Redcross Knight. Duessa talks about how she loved Sansjoy’s fallen brother Sansfoy but how the Redcross Knight has trapped her with him. She asks Sansjoy to avenge... (full context)
Book I: Canto V