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 X, Chapters 34 and 35

So it’s been twenty years.  Alisander is a full-grown man, ready to be knighted alongside twenty of his contemporaries in Ardunel where he’s been slumming around most of his life.  Big knighting ceremony, followed by a big jousting tournament, which … Continue reading →

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

Despite Launcelot’s endorsement, Breunor goes down!  He collapses, overcome with exhaustion.  His opponent, Sir Plenorius, had pity of him, and says “listen, kid, you did your best.  If you hadn’t already been tired from fighting my two brothers Sir Plaine … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapter 28 and 29

Malory shifts gears unexpectedly at this point.  Sir Carados, he announces, that mighty villain who is 100% knight, 100% king, and 99% giant, fought Sir Gawaine.  This is a whole new Sir Carados.  Forget everything you thought you knew about … 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 VII Chapters XXVI to XXX

Now we turn back to Castle Perilous, where Lionesse and Gareth are all shacked up and living in sin, and also Sir Gringamore and Dame Linet are there too.  Arthur’s messenger arrives with the invitation to Camelot, and Lionesse is … Continue reading →

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

Knights fighting kings and other knights goes on for a good long while. Ban and Bors, who for whatever reason haven’t ridden forth since pulling their men out of Bedegraine, now take the field and start smashing guys up and … Continue reading →