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 15 and 16

Gawaine completely bungled the search for Launcelot, but Elaine finds him easily!  She has the advantage of a) knowing her brother, Sir Lavaine, and b) turning a corner and there Lavaine is, exercising his horse in a field! Elaine flags down … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 14 and 15

So one of Sir Bernard’s servants runs and fetches the shield, which of course Gawaine recognizes instantly as Sir Launcelot’s.  While Elaine prattles on about how much she loves her incognito knight, Gawaine tries to reconcile Launcelot’s shield with his … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 13 and 14

Meanwhile, back at the jousting tournament, everything’s wrapping up.  Arthur meets with Mister 100 and the other opposition kings, to divvy up the prizes. “Obviously the grand prize goes to the mysterious knight with the white shield and the red … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapter 4

Smash cut to Mador accusing Guenever of treason, in front of Arthur and everyone!  Malory helpfully explains that back in olden times, murdering a knight was considered treason. “Well, obviously the way to proceed is trial by combat,” says Arthur.  … 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 →