Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book IX Chapters 10 and 11

Sir Tristram!  The jerk!  We last saw him married to Isoud the White and ruling the kingdom of Brittany.  As the curtain parts on Book IX proper, he receives a series of letters from the lovely Isoud in Cornwall. “Darling … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 39

It turns out that Sir Nabon is not that bad a guy, really.  He throws a big jousting tournament to celebrate the knighting of his son, Sir Nabon Junior, and hundreds of knights (from North Wales and Logris and other … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 37

Three entirely unconnected events this chapter.  First, Sir Suppinabiles from last chapter returns to Brittany. “I’m back from Camelot,” he announces. “Did they mention me at all?” Tristram asks. “…Yes, actually.” “Cool!  What’d they say what’d they say?” “So, you … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 36

Howel, King of Brittany, turns out to have a problem.  This one earl, Grip, has been making trouble for him: refusing taxes, assaulting officers, laying siege to Howel’s house, that kind of thing.  As you may recall from Book V, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book VIII Chapter 35

Malory’s a little all over the place today, folks.  After the literal cliffhanger of the previous entry, this chapter of the story drifts into out-and-out surrealism. For starters, you’ve got Gouvernail (Tristram’s French tutor cum manservant) and his two henchmen … Continue reading →