Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 17 to 19

Bors and Launcelot and Lavaine and Elaine end up staying at Sir Baudwin’s for several months.  At first they’re waiting around so that the knights can go directly from the hermitage to King Arthur’s next scheduled jousting tournament, a Halloween … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 15 and 16

Gawaine completely bungled the search for Launcelot, but Elaine finds him easily!  She has the advantage of a) knowing her brother, Sir Lavaine, and b) turning a corner and there Lavaine is, exercising his horse in a field! Elaine flags down … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 13 and 14

Meanwhile, back at the jousting tournament, everything’s wrapping up.  Arthur meets with Mister 100 and the other opposition kings, to divvy up the prizes. “Obviously the grand prize goes to the mysterious knight with the white shield and the red … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VII Chapters XXIII to XXVI

Now we turn from the crazy sitcom of Gareth and his gal pal Lionesse and her shrewish sister Linet and their milquetoast brother Gringamore, back to Camelot.  Or Carlion, this chapter Malory puts Arthur’s court at Carilon.  It’s Pentecost again, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapters VIII (continued) and IX

Early the next morning, in his tower, Arthur wakes up to find a soothsayer in his bedroom. “Who are you and how did you get in here?” Arthur not unreasonably wants to know. Merlin says not to worry, he’s Merlin, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book I Chapters V and VI

Special double post! It’s only because chapters 5 and 6 of Book I run together without a good breakpoint, mid-conversation. There are several bits like this scattered about later in the text; I’ll deal with them on a case-by-case basis. … Continue reading →