Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 21 to 25

The next big jousting tournament in the rotation is the Candlemas tournament, around New Year’s.  Everybody plans to attend, Launcelot included. Guenever, with whom he’s made up by now, calls him into her chambers one evening.  “Listen,” she says.  “I … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 1 and 2

About ten minutes after the Quest for the Holy Grail ends, Sir Launcelot falls back into his old bad habits of adultery-having and Guenever-loving.  He’ll be sitting there, clutching his silver medal (Sir Bors won the gold, since he not … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter XVII continued

“Fight over!” shouts Merlin. “What the hell?” asks Arthur. “The best estimate for the number who died on D-Day, 6 June 1944, is between fifteen and twenty thousand total on both sides,” says Merlin. “You know how many lives you … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapters XVI and XVII

It’s at about this point that King Ban gets spotted by King Lot and Mister 100 and the rest of their team. “Aw, man,” says King Lot. “King Ban of Benwick. He’s got Benwick.” “Merlin, what did I tell you?” … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter XIV

Things start to get muddled and complicated. You’ve got Arthur and Ban and Bors riding into Mister 100′s camp, pulling a sneak attack at night which catches many of Mister 100′s troops in their tents, which tents get pulled down, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Chapter X, continued, and Chapter XI

So Ulfius and Brastias go back to London, Arthur asks how it went, they say it went well and Bors and Ban are coming, Arthur asks when, and Ulfius and Brastias say November. I don’t get the chronology here at … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapter X

So after the battle, Arthur heads back to London, and Merlin tells him to call all his barons together for a planning session, because Team Lot & Mister 100 are dangerous business, not folks whom Arthur can just ignore. Arthur … 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 →