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 XIX, Chapters 1 and 2

Guenever wakes up one fine spring morning and decides to throw a party.  Not just any party!  A special May party, a fun-times trip out into the glorious beauty of pastoral England.  Naturally, to ensure maximal enjoyment of the splendors … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 4 and 5

In this chapter, we once again see Tristram’s former French tutor and current servant Gouvernail, who apparently has been around despite not being mentioned since Chapter 32 of Book IX, which you may (but probably don’t) remember as ‘just before … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 16

Cut to: Tristram looking down on two likely knights, is how Malory phrases it.  He’s caught up to the troublemakers, Sir Lusty and Sir Thug.  He gears up to give them what-for!   Gouvernail, Tristram’s valet/Latin tutor/squire, frets. “Sir, sir, … 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 →