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 XXIII to XXVI

Now we turn from the crazy sitcom of Gareth and his gal pal Lionesse and her shrewish sister Linet and their milquetoast brother Gringamore, back to Camelot.  Or Carlion, this chapter Malory puts Arthur’s court at Carilon.  It’s Pentecost again, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapters XXVI and XXVII

A little time passes! And then Arthur gets word from King Rience of North Wales — remember that guy? Nobody liked him? Seems King Rience has been making trouble in Ireland and Wales. Seems he may or may not have … Continue reading →

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

Arthur sends someone to get him another horse, and lies down and tries to process the whole bizarre experience, and along comes Merlin. Merlin, for funsies, is disguised as a fourteen-year-old gossipy junior-high girl. “Helloooo Arthur,” says Disguised Merlin. “Uh … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapters XIX and XX

Margawse comes back into the picture at this point. You may have forgotten her: she’s Arthur’s older half-sister, child of Igraine and Igraine’s first husband Gorlas. Uther married her off to Lot before he died. Now Margqwse is the Queen … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book I Chapter II

Right, Sir Ulfius and Merlin. Ulfius runs back to Uther, tells him how Merlin was there, and Uther’s like, what? you liar, I don’t see Merlin. Merlin is waiting outside, in fact; apparently he’s like a vampire in that he … Continue reading →