Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VII Chapters XXXI to XXXV

Most of this section feels like padding, which, coming as it does on the tail of three chapters of wall-to-wall jousting action, is saying something.   Gareth wanders around overnight and comes to a castle.  He knocks on the door, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VII Chapters XXVI to XXX

Now we turn back to Castle Perilous, where Lionesse and Gareth are all shacked up and living in sin, and also Sir Gringamore and Dame Linet are there too.  Arthur’s messenger arrives with the invitation to Camelot, and Lionesse is … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VII Chapters XXI to XXIII

So let’s make a remarkably long story less long, and just summarize: For starters, everybody’s partying at Castle Grigamore.  It’s a nice time.  Gareth and Lionesse are finally in the same room at the same time, after flirting long-distance a … Continue reading →

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

While Gareth gets a well-earned night’s sleep at Peter’s lodge, Lionesse is scheming!  She’s back at her own castle, and it very much vexes her that she doesn’t know exactly who this “Sir Prettyboy” is.  From Peter’s description back in … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VII Chapter XIV

At this point I’m a little confused, because Malory starts off this chapter with “so the book saith,” suggesting he’s merely repeating what he’s read, but the minimal amount of research I’ve done suggests that Malory invented this particular book … Continue reading →