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Madam, ye are greatly to blame for Sir Lancelot, for now have ye lost him, for I saw and heard by his countenance that he is mad for ever. Alas, madam, ye do great sin, and to yourself great dishonour, for ye have a lord of your own, and therefore it is your part to love him; for there is no queen in this world hath such another king as ye have.
Dame Elaine to Queen Guinevere, 622

Queen Guinevere is rebuked several times during the epic for her treatment of Lancelot, and this attack touches on the selfishness that leads her to treat him poorly. Here, Elaine, the mother of Lancelot’s son, reprimands the Queen for her selfish and damaging reactions. Guinevere has sent Lancelot away again, because he was tricked into sleeping with Elaine. There is some hypocrisy here – Elaine only has Lancelot through selfish subterfuge – but she is far less important character than Guinevere. Guinevere is the woman to whom many of the other female characters are compared, for both beauty or nobility, and yet she is often defined as much by jealously and insecurity as by those greater virtues. She is unwilling to accept her high place as Queen of England, but instead demands even more, demands which will partially lead to the end of her husband’s reign. This characterization also touches on the ambivalence with which the epic treats women, as people with little agency outside of the danger they present through their sexuality.

Arthurian Quote of the Day 


For madam, I love not to be constrained to love; for love must arise of the heart, and not by no constraint.
Lancelot to Guinevere, 826

Le Morte D’Arthur 

After the body of Elaine (the Fair Maiden of Astolat) arrives, Lancelot is confronted by Guinevere  about his guilt in her death. She accuses him of not loving Elaine, and hence causing her death. This reply both confirms the all-consuming power of love and Lancelot’s devotion to Guinevere. He is subtly reminding her that love cannot be controlled, and that he remains devoted to her not by choice but by love. However, he also reveals unwittingly that it has power beyond the lover’s desires. He never meant to destroy King Arthur’s kingdom, but his all-powerful love for Guinevere required as much, and so this answer serves as foreshadowing. King Arthur approves of Lancelot’s statement, though he misses its subtlety.


Happy Saturday! Here’s your Arthurian Quote of the Day!

Since today’s quote is from the movie King Arthur, I am using Clive Owen for the picture. Please either enjoy it or forgive me 😉


Knights! The gift of freedom is yours by right. But the home we seek resides not in some distant land. It’s in us! And in our actions on this day! If this be our destiny, then so be it. But let history remember that as free men, we chose to make it so.

King Arthur (1995), written by David Franzoni

Here’s your Arthurian Quote of the Day for Wednesday!


I found Him in the shining of the stars,

I marked Him in the flowering of His fields,

But in His ways with men I find Him not.

I waged His wars, and now I pass and die.

~Idylls of the King (1856–1885) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Passing of Arthur

Happy Saturday! Here’s Your Arthurian Quote of the Day!


Were I joined with her, 

then might we live together as one life, 

and reigning with one will in everything have 

power on this dark land to lighten it, 

and power on this dead world to make it live.

 ~ Arthur, in The Coming of Arthur by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

T.G.I.F.! Here’s Your Arthurian Quote of the Day…


Ready my knights for battle. They will ride with their king once more. I have lived through others for far too long. Lancelot carried my honor, and Guenevere, my guilt. Mordred bears my sins. My knights have fought my causes. Now, my brother, I shall be… king.

Excalibur (1981), written by Rospo Pallenberg and John Boorman, based on Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory

Arthurian Quote of the Day!


Ask ev’ry person if he’s heard the story;

And tell it strong and clear if he has not:

That once there was a fleeting wisp of glory

Called Camelot.

Camelot! Camelot!

Camelot (1960; 1967) written by Alan Jay Lerner, based on The Once and Future King (1958) by T.H. White

Arthurian Quote of the Day!


I know all about endings. It is beginnings that elude me. 

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Marion Zimmer Bradley (born June 3, 1930) wrote her first novel at the age of 17. The Forest House, a prequel to her landmark Mists of Avalon series, was published after her death.

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