Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter XX continued

Arthur sends someone to get him another horse, and lies down and tries to process the whole bizarre experience, and along comes Merlin. Merlin, for funsies, is disguised as a fourteen-year-old gossipy junior-high girl. “Helloooo Arthur,” says Disguised Merlin. “Uh … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapters XIX and XX

Margawse comes back into the picture at this point. You may have forgotten her: she’s Arthur’s older half-sister, child of Igraine and Igraine’s first husband Gorlas. Uther married her off to Lot before he died. Now Margqwse is the Queen … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter XVIII

I’m not sure how, but despite being down to about ten thousand men after the slaughter of the last few chapters, and after sending back all the surviving Benwick knights to Benwick to defend Benwick from King Claudas, Arthur and … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter XVII continued

“Fight over!” shouts Merlin. “What the hell?” asks Arthur. “The best estimate for the number who died on D-Day, 6 June 1944, is between fifteen and twenty thousand total on both sides,” says Merlin. “You know how many lives you … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapters XVI and XVII

It’s at about this point that King Ban gets spotted by King Lot and Mister 100 and the rest of their team. “Aw, man,” says King Lot. “King Ban of Benwick. He’s got Benwick.” “Merlin, what did I tell you?” … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter XV

Knights fighting kings and other knights goes on for a good long while. Ban and Bors, who for whatever reason haven’t ridden forth since pulling their men out of Bedegraine, now take the field and start smashing guys up and … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter XIV

Things start to get muddled and complicated. You’ve got Arthur and Ban and Bors riding into Mister 100′s camp, pulling a sneak attack at night which catches many of Mister 100′s troops in their tents, which tents get pulled down, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book I Chapters XXII and XXIII

Meanwhile Team Lot & Mister 100 are putting all their ducks in a row. They’ve recruited one more king, which brings their total ranks up to eleven kings, and they’re all ready to get revenge for losing the battle at … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Chapter X, continued, and Chapter XI

So Ulfius and Brastias go back to London, Arthur asks how it went, they say it went well and Bors and Ban are coming, Arthur asks when, and Ulfius and Brastias say November. I don’t get the chronology here at … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter X

So after the battle, Arthur heads back to London, and Merlin tells him to call all his barons together for a planning session, because Team Lot & Mister 100 are dangerous business, not folks whom Arthur can just ignore. Arthur … Continue reading →