Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX Chapters 11 to 13

Cut to four months later.  Arthur’s siege on Joyous Gard has gone on nearly that long; Launcelot refuses to come out.  Then, Launcelot finally appears, up on the walls of the castle.  He calls down to Arthur, saying that the … 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 Chapters 5 and 6

Launcelot runs back to the Benwick faction quarters, where Sir Bors has already woken up all the other knights in their clique and gotten them all in armor. “Launcelot!  You survived!” “Of course I survived.  What’s all this?” “Blame my … 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 →

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 8 and 9

The day of Launcelot’s and Meliagrace’s joust fast approaches!  If Launcelot doesn’t show, Meligrance wins by default, and thus Guenever is convicted of adultery with a mystery knight, and she’ll be burned at the stake!  No one wants that!  Arthur … Continue reading →

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

Shortly afterwards Launcelot and Guenever plan a night-time rendezvous.  Lavaine thinks this is a bad idea, what with Sir Meliagrance the Recently Pardoned still hanging around Camelot just looking for an excuse to take Launcelot down a peg.  Launcelot ignores … Continue reading →