The Lady of Delight (also called Malecasta) is the lady of a castle themed after Venus. When she sees Britomart in her armor, she thinks Britomart is a man and falls in love with her. But when she tries to embrace Britomart at night, Britomart fights back and runs away.
The Lady of Delight (Malecasta) Character Timeline in The Faerie Queene
The timeline below shows where the character The Lady of Delight (Malecasta) appears in The Faerie Queene. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book III: Canto I
...trained in knightly skills and civility, they are little more than shadows to Britomart. The Lady of Delight keeps insisting that Britomart take off her armor, full of lust and believing that Britomart... (full context)