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 →

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

Next morning Arthur and his assembled knights ride forth, and towards the back of the group Sir Launcelot and Sir Lavaine, disguised as Sir Tirre and Sir Lavaine, ride out too.  Malory seems to have lost track of the fact … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapter 9

Spring turns into summer and summer into late summer, says Malory.  And one day roundabout the end of August, Arthur decides to hold a big jousting tournament, because there hasn’t been one since Book XIII.  He calls in the King … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapter 24

Once the partying and charm offensive die down, everyone pretty much assumes that Sir Tristram and the lovely Isoud will be wed.  Certainly it’s what Queen Isoud and King Anguish expect.  But Tristram keeps failing to ask for her hand, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapters 22 and 23

As promised, Sir Tristram fights with Sir Bleoberis!  Actually, no, Tristram fights with Sir Bleoberis’s champion, his brother Sir Blamore.  I don’t know why they make that switch at the last minute.  Highlights of this joust include King Anguish pointing … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapter 21

Meanwhile again, while we’re just talking about the random stuff that Tristram does, he’s outside his tent (which he’s still got pitched outside Camelot) chillaxing when a lady wanders by, sobbing. Tristram asks her why she’s sobbing, and if she … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 20

Meanwhile, back in the plot, stuff is afoot.  You remember Sir Bleoberis?  He has a brother, Sir Blamore.  Malory mentioned this before.  What he didn’t mention before:  these two cooked up a scheme to humiliate King Anguish of Ireland.  Their … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 11

On the way back to the tournament grounds, Tristram meets, oh, let’s call her Orlene.  Orlene was the damosel who accompanied Sir Launcelot on an adventure that Malory skipped over, his defeated of a Sir Carados at a place called … Continue reading →

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

Then the jousting tournament begins, and simply everyone is there.  Sir Palamides, but also Sir Gawaine, Gawaine’s brothers Sir Gaheris and Sir Agravaine, Sir Bagdemagus, Sir Kay, Sir Dodinas, Sir Sagramore the Lusty, Sir Li’l Gumret, and Sir Griftlet, plus … Continue reading →