Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI, Chapter 13, the end

So the Archbishop and the hermit-knights break out their funeral wagon, last used to transport Guenever’s body.  They load Launcelot onto it, and take the Knight of the Cart on one last cart-ride, across the land to his old home, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI Chapters 11 and 12

Malory flashes forward seven years.  Everything is the same, except Launcelot has become a priest.  The hermits have become a regular little monastery of quiet introspection and contemplative meditation.  One morning, at breakfast, Launcelot tells his fellow-hermits that he had … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI Chapters 9 and 10

Launcelot finds Guenever easily; she hasn’t been living as an incognito nun, just as a nun.  He strides into her cloister, and when she sees him she faints! The nuns with Guenever help her back up. “Oh, thanks,” she says.  … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XXI Chapters 6 and 7

“Sire!” calls Bedivere, as the magic barge’s gangplank retracts all by itself and Arthur, up on deck, lies down with his head in Morgan’s lap.  “Sire!  What will happen to me?  I’m the last Knight of the Round Table!” “You’re … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX, Chapter 19

Meanwhile Arthur and Gawaine mobilize all of England to invade Benwick.  It’s sixty thousand troops, which is the largest army we’ve seen in a while, on par with Arthur’s invasion force in Book V or the armies he and Team … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX, Chapters 17 and 18

Malory’s description at this point makes me almost wonder if he has some kind of preference between Sir Gawaine and Sir Launcelot, like, he thinks one of them is a generally awful person and the other is the best knight … Continue reading →

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 2

When Agravaine and Mordred tell Arthur that Launcelot has been sleeping with Guenever for decades, the old king sits down heavily. “Do you have any evidence?” he asks. “Evidence?”  Agravaine is puzzled.  “What, suddenly the burden of proof is on … Continue reading →