The carle is an unnamed wild man who lives in the woods and who rapes and eats women. He captures Amoretta and Aemylia. Though he is based on racist stereotypes of a “savage,” he may also be a parody of Catholics, who believe in literally eating the body of Christ during communion (which is “cannibalism” to Protestants like Spenser who believe the Eucharist is only symbolic).
The carle Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character The carle appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book IV: Canto VII
Book IV: Canto VIII