Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 37

Three entirely unconnected events this chapter.  First, Sir Suppinabiles from last chapter returns to Brittany. “I’m back from Camelot,” he announces. “Did they mention me at all?” Tristram asks. “…Yes, actually.” “Cool!  What’d they say what’d they say?” “So, you … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 36

Howel, King of Brittany, turns out to have a problem.  This one earl, Grip, has been making trouble for him: refusing taxes, assaulting officers, laying siege to Howel’s house, that kind of thing.  As you may recall from Book V, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapter 35

Malory’s a little all over the place today, folks.  After the literal cliffhanger of the previous entry, this chapter of the story drifts into out-and-out surrealism. For starters, you’ve got Gouvernail (Tristram’s French tutor cum manservant) and his two henchmen … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapter 32

Palamides out, the lovely Isoud and Tristram back to King Mark’s court.  Lambegus makes a full recovery.  Adtherp we never speak of again.   Skip ahead a bit: Sir Andred, Tristram’s cousin, resents Tristram’s being so awesome.  Or maybe he’s … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapter 28 and 29

Malory shifts gears unexpectedly at this point.  Sir Carados, he announces, that mighty villain who is 100% knight, 100% king, and 99% giant, fought Sir Gawaine.  This is a whole new Sir Carados.  Forget everything you thought you knew about … Continue reading →