Category Archives: Le Morte D’Arthur

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Woo! As the title of this post says, I’m the listener sponsor of this week’s War Rocket Ajax, or, more properly, Arthur Dies at the End is.  I really should have come up with some better ad copy, but Matt and … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI Conclusions

So, that was a thing that happened, huh?  After lots of meandering, the story of the Death of Arthur really got started in Book XX, and in Book XXI we have the deaths not only of Arthur, but also Gawaine, … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI, Chapter 13, the end

So the Archbishop and the hermit-knights break out their funeral wagon, last used to transport Guenever’s body.  They load Launcelot onto it, and take the Knight of the Cart on one last cart-ride, across the land to his old home, … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI Chapters 11 and 12

Malory flashes forward seven years.  Everything is the same, except Launcelot has become a priest.  The hermits have become a regular little monastery of quiet introspection and contemplative meditation.  One morning, at breakfast, Launcelot tells his fellow-hermits that he had … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI Chapters 9 and 10

Launcelot finds Guenever easily; she hasn’t been living as an incognito nun, just as a nun.  He strides into her cloister, and when she sees him she faints! The nuns with Guenever help her back up. “Oh, thanks,” she says.  … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book XXI, Chapter 8

Hey, remember Sir Launcelot?  Remember how he’s been conspicuously absent for the last few chapters?  Turns out he’s been chilling in Benwick this whole time.  He got the letter from Sir Gawaine but assumed it was just Gawaine being a … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI Chapters 6 and 7

“Sire!” calls Bedivere, as the magic barge’s gangplank retracts all by itself and Arthur, up on deck, lies down with his head in Morgan’s lap.  “Sire!  What will happen to me?  I’m the last Knight of the Round Table!” “You’re … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI, Chapter 5

“Well, darn,” says Sir Lucan. “C’mon, let’s get the king’s body out of here,” says Sir Bedivere.  “Those looters are going to be coming through here soon.” Lucan and Bedivere pick up Arthur, and did I mention before that Lucan … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI Chapter 4

It’s a tense scene, with both Arthur’s group and Mordred’s group expecting the other to double-cross.  Naturally things go south; the catalyst here is a snake biting a knight’s ankle.  This knight (Malory doesn’t specify if he’s one of Arthur’s … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI, Chapter 3

On the eve of this planned joust/battle with Mordred, Arthur dream[s] a wonderful dream.  He’s in a chair on a scaffold! It gets better.  The scaffold is all connected to this big wheel assembly, and it’s slowly turning.  As it … Continue reading

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