Category Archives: Le Morte D’Arthur

Primary Sources: Book XX Chapters 9 and 10

“Alas, that ever I bare crown upon my head!” cries Arthur, when he hears about the massacre.  “The Round Table is ended, as I predicted.  We were running on fumes ever since the Grail quest; now we’re done.  Launcelot and … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX, Chapters 7 and 8

Meanwhile Sir Mordred, whom Launcelot did not kill, limps off to Arthur.  He has to go on horseback because, as you may have forgotten, all of this went down while King Arthur was away from Camelot on the pretext of … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX Chapters 5 and 6

Launcelot runs back to the Benwick faction quarters, where Sir Bors has already woken up all the other knights in their clique and gotten them all in armor. “Launcelot!  You survived!” “Of course I survived.  What’s all this?” “Blame my … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX Chapters 3 and 4

Okay, so, at this point things go more or less how you’d expect.  Launcelot heads over to Guenever’s chambers.  Mordred and the other knights hide, then listen at the door.  When it sounds like Launcelot and Guenever are in a … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX Chapter 2

When Agravaine and Mordred tell Arthur that Launcelot has been sleeping with Guenever for decades, the old king sits down heavily. “Do you have any evidence?” he asks. “Evidence?”  Agravaine is puzzled.  “What, suddenly the burden of proof is on … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX Chapter 1

Another year, another May, another season of romance and whimsy!  Book XX opens with the stark contrast between all the happy lovers in Camelot (chief among them Guenever and Launcelot) and the two villains of our piece, Sir Agravaine and … Continue reading

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

It’s not clear to me why Book XIX was separated out from Book XVIII.  Both concern Launcelot and Guenever and their infidelity-related misadventures, plus neither of them are crazy long.  Even combined they’re shorter than Book X. We do get … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XIX, Chapters 11 to 13

43) Sir “Good Uwaine” Uwaine, the late Sir Uwaine’s brother with the same name 44) Sir “Big Heart” Ozanna 45) Sir Astamor 46) Sir Gromere Grummorson 47) Sir Crosshelm 48) Sir Servause the Bruce, who one time had dinner just … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XIX, Chapters 10 and 11

New story!  Once upon a time there was a Hungarian knight named Sir Urre, who fought with a Spanish knight named Sir Alphegus, at Alphegus’s father’s tournament.  Urre killed Alphegus, but Alphegus had a death-curse, on account of his mother … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XIX Chapters 8 and 9

The day of Launcelot’s and Meliagrace’s joust fast approaches!  If Launcelot doesn’t show, Meligrance wins by default, and thus Guenever is convicted of adultery with a mystery knight, and she’ll be burned at the stake!  No one wants that!  Arthur … Continue reading

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