Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VI Chapter XIII
Chapter XIII is basically the same story as Chapter XII, but with Gawaine, Uwaine, Ector-the-Lesser, and a knight we’ve never seen before, Sir Sagramour the Lusty, in place of Sir Gaunter, Sir Gilmere, and Sir Raynold.
Launcelot, disguised as Kay, rides up on a watering hole in the middle of the woods, and these four Knights of the Round Table happen to be there. Sagramour sees Launcelot, assumes he’s Sir Kay, and decides now is a great time to settle some dispute he has with Sir Kay. Everyone is mad at Kay all the time, is the lesson here.
“Now by my faith I will prove Sir Kay’s might,” he says, prove in this case meaning test, and rides up, and Launcelot smacks him with a spear and knocks him down.
“Get! Go on, get!” Launcelot tells him.
Sagramour crawls back to Gawaine and the others. “I don’t think that’s SIr Kay,” he says.
“What gave it away?” asks Gawaine. “The fact that he’s a foot taller than Kay, or the fact that he’s riding exactly like Sir Launcelot, or the part where Kay showed up at Camelot in Launcelot’s gear and we all had a good laugh, or the way he dehorsed you with a single expert blow?”
“Some combination of those things,” says Sagramour.
“I haven’t been paying attention,” announces Sir Ector-the-Lesser. “You were saying something about the guy not being Kay? I bet I can take him.”
Before Gawaine can stop him, Ector-the-Lesser rides up on Launcelot, and boom, same result.
“Zounds!” cries Sir Uwaine. “This villain has defeated my comrades Ector and Sagramour both! I must needs contend with him methinks no doubt, gadzooks and alors.”
The predictable result results.
“Now see I well, said Sir Gawaine, “I must encounter with that knight. This will only take a second, because I realize he’s going to kick my ass and make it look easy.”
Gawaine rides up on Launcelot, and Launcelot sees that it’s him, and decides to have a little fun at Gawaine’s expense. Result: Gawaine’s spear shattered, Gawaine dehorsed, and Gawaine’s horse does a flip, Launcelot hit it so hard.
Now that Launcelot has defeated all of them, the four Knights of the Round Table reconvene.
“Who the heck is that guy? Is he the devil? I think he’s the devil!” says Sagramour.
“Remember how I said it was Launcelot? I’m going to say that again. It’s definitely Launcelot,” says Gawaine.
“Should we say something?” asks Uwaine.
“Nah, let him go,” says Gawaine. “I mean, if he wanted to talk to us, he’d have come over here already. Apparently he’s riding around, doing some strange adventures. I’m sure eventually he’ll get bored and come home to Camelot, and we’ll all have a good laugh about it then.”
So the four knights wave at Launcelot, from a respectful distance, and mount up and ride off. And Launcelot rides off.
The end! No moral. This particular interlude feels even more like filler than most of these little stories, since it’s basically the same story as last chapter, just with different knights. Also, “Sir Sagramour the Lusty” is a pretty decent knight name.
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