Le Mort d’Arthur, Vol. 1

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Author: Thomas Malory

Chapter VI

How Sir Launcelot fought with six knights, and after with Sir Brian, and how he delivered the prisoners.

AH, said Sir Launcelot, that knight is my fellow, and him shall I rescue or else I shall lose my life therefore. And therewithal he rode fast till he came before the Castle of Pendragon; and anon therewithal there came six knights, and all made them ready to set upon Sir Launcelot at once; then Sir Launcelot feutred his spear, and smote the <361>foremost that he brake his back insunder, and three of them hit and three failed. And then Sir Launcelot passed through them, and lightly he turned in again, and smote another knight through the breast and throughout the back more than an ell, and therewithal his spear brake. So then all the remnant of the four knights drew their swords and lashed at Sir Launcelot. And at every stroke Sir Launcelot bestowed so his strokes that at four strokes sundry they avoided their saddles, passing sore wounded; and forthwithal he rode hurling into that castle.

And anon the lord of the castle, that was that time cleped Sir Brian de les Isles, the which was a noble man and a great enemy unto King Arthur, within a while he was armed and upon horseback. And then they feutred their spears and hurled together so strongly that both their horses rashed to the earth. And then they avoided their saddles, and dressed their shields, and drew their swords, and flang together as wood men, and there were many strokes given in a while. At the last Sir Launcelot gave to Sir Brian such a buffet that he kneeled upon his knees, and then Sir Launcelot rashed upon him, and with great force he pulled off his helm; and when Sir Brian saw that he should be slain he yielded him, and put him in his mercy and in his grace. Then Sir Launcelot made him to deliver all his prisoners that he had within his castle, and therein Sir Launcelot found of Arthur’s knights thirty, and forty ladies, and so he delivered them; and then he rode his way. And anon as La Cote Male Taile was delivered he gat his horse, and his harness, and his damosel Maledisant.

The meanwhile Sir Nerovens, that Sir Launcelot had foughten withal afore at the bridge, he sent a damosel after Sir Launcelot to wit how he sped at the Castle of Pendragon. And then they within the castle marvelled what knight he was, when Sir Brian and his knights delivered all those prisoners. Have ye no marvel, said the damosel, for the best knight in this world was here, and did this journey, and wit ye well, she said, it was Sir Launcelot. Then was Sir Brian full glad, and so was his <362>lady, and all his knights, that such a man should win them. And when the damosel and La Cote Male Taile understood that it was Sir Launcelot du Lake that had ridden with them in fellowship, and that she remembered her how she had rebuked him and called him coward, then was she passing heavy.

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Chicago: Thomas Malory, "Chapter VI," Le Mort d’Arthur, Vol. 1, ed. Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915 and trans. Evans, Sebastian in Le Mort d’Arthur, Vol. 1 Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ5PW77B9YZUEJK.

MLA: Malory, Thomas. "Chapter VI." Le Mort d’Arthur, Vol. 1, edited by Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915, and translated by Evans, Sebastian, in Le Mort d’Arthur, Vol. 1, Vol. 1, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ5PW77B9YZUEJK.

Harvard: Malory, T, 'Chapter VI' in Le Mort d’Arthur, Vol. 1, ed. and trans. . cited in , Le Mort d’Arthur, Vol. 1. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CZ5PW77B9YZUEJK.