Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 84 to 86

The next morning Safere and Palomides ride out from Epinogris’s castle together.  Before they’ve gone very far they pass another castle.  This castle is all done up for mourning (Malory doesn’t explain what this looks like, so I’m imagining black … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 81 and 82

The chapter opens with Bleoberis and Ector leaving Joyous Gard at the end of the week-long party.  They travel to a seaside resort castle, where Guenever has been staying.  Through the grace of God the queen was recovered of her … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 70 to 80

Okay, you know what?  There’s ten more chapters of this Lonazep tournament, and I’ve already spent more time on it than I would have liked.  So today’s entry is a highlight reel!   When Tristran runs away to change clothes, … 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, Chapters 65 and 66

At Joyous Gard Tristram, Palomides, Dinadan, and Gareth spend some time just chilling.  They’re planning on attending the big tournament at Lonazep that keeps getting mentioned, but they’re in no hurry.  Palomides and Tristram go out riding a lot.  One … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapter 60

Tristram, Gareth, and Dinadan ride on, leaving Palomides behind.  They stop overnight in a castle, where Tristram notices the lord giving him the stink eye. “What’s up?” he demands. “You’re Sir Tristram de Liones, right?” the lord says.  “You killed … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 57 to 59

So Dinadan goes out looking for Tristram, again, and finds him, again, before too long.  Due to Tristram’s new face-concealing helmet, Dinadan doesn’t recognize him, again.  But this time he does recognize that helmet!  It’s a distinctive helmet. “Hey, you!” … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 55 and 56

At this point there’s a brief interlude of Tristram being a dick to Sir Dinadan for no reason at all.  See, Dinadan comes by looking for Tristram, but Tristram’s incognito and won’t tell Dinadan that it’s him.  Then Tristram insults … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 53 and 54

To make a long story very slightly shorter, Tristram and Palomides and Pitiless Bruce paper over this schism by randomly accosting the first knight they see and challenging him to a joust for funsies.  It turns out to be Sir … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 52 and 53

Okay, so, Tristram and the lovely Isoud are finally together and out of Cornwall!  Tristram’s story so far, let me recap:   10 Hang out in Cornwall, having an affair with Isoud 20 Get kicked out of Cornwall 30 Have … Continue reading →