Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX, Chapters 7 and 8

Meanwhile Sir Mordred, whom Launcelot did not kill, limps off to Arthur.  He has to go on horseback because, as you may have forgotten, all of this went down while King Arthur was away from Camelot on the pretext of … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX Chapter 1

Another year, another May, another season of romance and whimsy!  Book XX opens with the stark contrast between all the happy lovers in Camelot (chief among them Guenever and Launcelot) and the two villains of our piece, Sir Agravaine and … 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 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 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 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 70 to 80

Okay, you know what?  There’s ten more chapters of this Lonazep tournament, and I’ve already spent more time on it than I would have liked.  So today’s entry is a highlight reel!   When Tristran runs away to change clothes, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 67 to 69

When Tristram gets to Arthur’s pavilion, Arthur has already heard about him.  We flash back a couple of seconds! “Uncle Sire!” cries Gawaine, just before Tristram arrives.  “This knight came and beat up me and a bunch of my associates!” … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 65 and 66

At Joyous Gard Tristram, Palomides, Dinadan, and Gareth spend some time just chilling.  They’re planning on attending the big tournament at Lonazep that keeps getting mentioned, but they’re in no hurry.  Palomides and Tristram go out riding a lot.  One … Continue reading →