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 XIX, Chapters 11 to 13

43) Sir “Good Uwaine” Uwaine, the late Sir Uwaine’s brother with the same name 44) Sir “Big Heart” Ozanna 45) Sir Astamor 46) Sir Gromere Grummorson 47) Sir Crosshelm 48) Sir Servause the Bruce, who one time had dinner just … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XIX, Chapters 1 and 2

Guenever wakes up one fine spring morning and decides to throw a party.  Not just any party!  A special May party, a fun-times trip out into the glorious beauty of pastoral England.  Naturally, to ensure maximal enjoyment of the splendors … Continue reading →

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 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 →