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Arthurian Quote of the Day!

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“Wretch, unhappy me! Why did I come here from my land? The earth should truly swallow me up, since the very best of knights—the boldest and the bravest, the most loyal, the most courteous that was ever count or king—has completely abandoned all chivalry because of me. Now have I truly shamed him; I should not have wished it for anything!” Enide, Erec and Enide, p. 68.

Quote from Le Morte d’Arthur

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Identity Quote from Le Morte d’Arthur

Quote #1
This nyght ye shalle lye with Igrayne in the castel of Tyntagyll; and ye shalle be lyke the duke her husband.” (5.8-9)

Arthur is conceived when Uther swaps identities with Igrayne’s husband, Gorlois – the duke. Of course this disguise makes Arthur’s right to the throne all the more confusing. Who is going to believe that this illegitimate child with a murky history can legitimately be King of England? Not the alliance of Northern Kings, that much is sure.

Quote of the Day

The bravest people are the ones who don’t mind looking like cowards.

T.H. White

May 29, 1906: Born in Bombay to British parents, T.H. White’s novels, including The Sword in the Stone, popularized the Arthurian legend and were a strong influence on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Quote of the Day

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Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.

Niccolò Machiavelli

May 3, 1469: Would Machiavelli have thought that celebrating birthdays was a betrayal of weakness? The Renaissance Italian philosopher was born 544 years ago today.

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Quote #4 from Le Morte d’Arthur

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Quote #4
“This nyght ye shalle lye with Igrayne in the castel of Tyntagyll; and ye shalle be lyke the duke her husband.” (5.8-9)

Arthur is conceived when Uther swaps identities with Igrayne’s husband, Gorlois – the duke. Of course this disguise makes Arthur’s right to the throne all the more confusing. Who is going to believe that this illegitimate child with a murky history can legitimately be King of England? Not the alliance of Northern Kings, that much is sure.

Quote #3 from Le Morte d’Arthur

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Quote #3
But Kynge Pellynore bare the wyte of the dethe of Kynge Lott, wherefore Sir Gawain revenged the deth of hys fadir the tenthe yere aftir he was made knyght, and slew Kynge Pellynore hys owne hondis. (51.24-27)

Even in this moment, when Pellynore’s death is still far in the future, our narrator still brings it up. Regardless of whether or not he’s some sort of psychic, our narrator’s mention of this tells us that this is a pretty important part of the story. This particular blood feud is as much a part of the Round Table’s fall as Gwenyvere’s affair with Launcelot, so the narrator drops hints, even this early in the story.

Quote #2 from Le Morte d’Arthur

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Quote #2
So uppon a day Sir Trystrames talked with La Beale Isode in a wyndowe, and that aspyed Sir Andred and tolde the kyng. Than Kyng Marke toke a swerde in his honde and cam to Sir Trystrames and called hym “false traytowre,” and wolde have stryken hym. (266.19-22)

There’s actually a double-dose of betrayal going on here. The one that probably first comes to mind is the affair between Trystram and Isode, which is a betrayal of King Mark. And the other? Andred’s exposure of Trystram, his own cousin.

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