The climax of Book I is when the Redcross Knight confronts the dragon that has been terrorizing the castle of Una’s parents, the king and queen. The dragon is a fearsome foe who takes many days to defeat, showing how strong the powers of evil are. In the end, however, the dragon falls to the Redcross Knight, echoing the legend of St. George, the brave knight who slew a dragon.
The Dragon Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character The Dragon appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book I: Canto I
Book I: Canto VII
...Queen who ruled in the area near the Phison, Euphrates, and Gehons rivers. A horrible dragon attacked the kingdom, however, laying waste to the countryside and forcing the king and queen... (full context)
Book I: Canto IX
Book I: Canto XI
...Redcross Knight’s blade was strengthened in the well. In any case, the wound enrages the dragon. The dragon uses its tail to sting the knight’s shoulder, where it gets stuck. Remembering... (full context)
Book I: Canto XII