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

New story!  Once upon a time there was a Hungarian knight named Sir Urre, who fought with a Spanish knight named Sir Alphegus, at Alphegus’s father’s tournament.  Urre killed Alphegus, but Alphegus had a death-curse, on account of his mother … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 21 to 25

The next big jousting tournament in the rotation is the Candlemas tournament, around New Year’s.  Everybody plans to attend, Launcelot included. Guenever, with whom he’s made up by now, calls him into her chambers one evening.  “Listen,” she says.  “I … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVIII Chapters 13 and 14

Meanwhile, back at the jousting tournament, everything’s wrapping up.  Arthur meets with Mister 100 and the other opposition kings, to divvy up the prizes. “Obviously the grand prize goes to the mysterious knight with the white shield and the red … Continue reading →

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

Next morning Arthur and his assembled knights ride forth, and towards the back of the group Sir Launcelot and Sir Lavaine, disguised as Sir Tirre and Sir Lavaine, ride out too.  Malory seems to have lost track of the fact … 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 46 to 49

In fact, Arthur shows up unexpectedly at the tournament, ready to joust Palomides and regain the family honor!  But Lamorak has already seen this coming, and arranged for Palomides to be elsewhere, so that when Arthur is walking around trying … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book X, Chapters 40 to 46

New story!  New story!  Gather round, and let me tell you all about Sir Galahalt, who should not be confused with Sir Galahad.  This story has so much jousting you guys, that’s why we’re covering seven chapters today. Galahalt is … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book IX Chapters 28 through 31

Chapter 28 opens with a scene I’m just going to skip over, in which Sir Persides and Sir Tristram and Sir Palomides get together for some pre-tournament jousting and Sir Palomides manages to reveal that he recognizes Sir Tristram! Unlike … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapters 26 and 27

Long story short, Tristram and Breunor fight, and Tristram wins.  Eventually Breunor loses his head, which is to say, he tries to surrender and while he is, in Malory’s words, grovelling, Tristram decapitates him.  Sir Tristram: kind of bloodthirsty! Afterwards … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapters 9 and 10

Then the jousting tournament begins, and simply everyone is there.  Sir Palamides, but also Sir Gawaine, Gawaine’s brothers Sir Gaheris and Sir Agravaine, Sir Bagdemagus, Sir Kay, Sir Dodinas, Sir Sagramore the Lusty, Sir Li’l Gumret, and Sir Griftlet, plus … Continue reading →