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 →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX, Chapters 17 and 18

Malory’s description at this point makes me almost wonder if he has some kind of preference between Sir Gawaine and Sir Launcelot, like, he thinks one of them is a generally awful person and the other is the best knight … Continue reading →

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 →

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 Chapter 3

Shortly after exiling Launcelot in a fit of pique, Guenever organizes a small banquet, for herself and a couple of dozen knights.  They divide up easily into factions! THE ORKNEY FACTION Sir Gawaine His brother Sir Agravaine Their brother Sir … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 40 to 46

New story!  New story!  Gather round, and let me tell you all about Sir Galahalt, who should not be confused with Sir Galahad.  This story has so much jousting you guys, that’s why we’re covering seven chapters today. Galahalt is … Continue reading →

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

Meanwhile, elsewhere, Arthur and Launcelot continue their argument from Chapter 35. “No one in the Castle of Maidens has seen hide or hair of Tristram since you nearly killed him back in Chapter 34,” worries Arthur. “Maybe he wandered off … 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 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 15

And then Sir Bleoberis shows up!  It’s okay if you don’t remember him, Malory says.  He was in some of the big jousting crowd scenes in Book VII, but Malory graciously forgives you for having forgotten about him.  Bleoberis facts: … Continue reading →