Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XX, Chapter 19

Meanwhile Arthur and Gawaine mobilize all of England to invade Benwick.  It’s sixty thousand troops, which is the largest army we’ve seen in a while, on par with Arthur’s invasion force in Book V or the armies he and Team … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XVII Chapters 12 and 13

Bors, Galahad, and Percivale are standing in front of the ruins of a castle they just left!  It collapsed unexpectedly, and maybe there are survivors inside!  But then there’s another thing that happens: they spot a wounded knight.  He’s pulled … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XII Chapters 6 and 7

So Elaine goes back to Launcelot, to tell him about Castle Bliant and how her father would set them up.  She brings along her cousin Sir Castor, to be his sidekick. “Castor, hello,” says Launcelot.  “I’m…”  He remembers that the … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book XII Chapter 1 continued and Chapter 2

Evelyn discovers her husband, lying dead with his head bashed in, and starts to sob.  Her sobbing wakes Bliant up!  Turns out he’s not dead and having his skull bashed in is just a superficial wound. “Dang, that hurt,” he … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book VIII Chapter 13

Tristram heads back to Cornwall, where he meets up with his father King Meliodas and his uncle King Mark and his stepmother Queen o’ Brittany, and they’re all thrilled by his having returned from Ireland whole and hale and hearty.  … 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 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 →