Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur, Book I Chapters XXI and XXII

So Morgan le Fay and Igraine are at Arthur’s court, and before anyone says two words of greeting Sir Ulfius stands up and starts hurling invective. He’s been sitting on this hurt for a long time, and he gets all … 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 Chapters VIII (continued) and IX

Early the next morning, in his tower, Arthur wakes up to find a soothsayer in his bedroom. “Who are you and how did you get in here?” Arthur not unreasonably wants to know. Merlin says not to worry, he’s Merlin, … Continue reading →

Primary Sources: Le Morte D’Arthur Book I Chapters V and VI

Special double post! It’s only because chapters 5 and 6 of Book I run together without a good breakpoint, mid-conversation. There are several bits like this scattered about later in the text; I’ll deal with them on a case-by-case basis. … Continue reading →

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

Uther’s death! As promised! It’s actually pretty sad. Time goes by, a year or two, and before things have really gotten properly settled Uther gets some kind of unnamed lingering disease, which could be anything from tuberculosis to stomach cancer … 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 →