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 XIX, Chapters 11 to 13

43) Sir “Good Uwaine” Uwaine, the late Sir Uwaine’s brother with the same name 44) Sir “Big Heart” Ozanna 45) Sir Astamor 46) Sir Gromere Grummorson 47) Sir Crosshelm 48) Sir Servause the Bruce, who one time had dinner just … 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 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, Chapter 13

Mark flees through the forest, comes to a well — everything important happens at wells, as I’m sure you’ve noticed.  Chilling by this well: Sir Palomides.  Let me remind you that Palomides and Mark have met before more than once.  … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapter 11

They walk along, Mark and Dinadan do.  Malory has forgotten entirely about Sir Lamorak, not for the last time.  As they travel, Mark makes fun of Dinadan for losing his fight with the mysterious knight of the previous chapter who … 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 →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book IV Chapter V

“One slot remains,” says Arthur.  “Who should join the knights of the Round Table?” “I can think of two candidates,” says Pellinore.  “I can’t offer up an opinion on which of the two would be a better choice, however.  The … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book IV Chapter IV

Once the battle is over, King Pellinore shows up with a big pile of reinforcements. “Too late, Pellinore!” says Arthur.  “We already whupped the five kings.” Arthur’s army and Pellinore’s armies merge, and Arthur’s army does a head count and … Continue reading →