Le Morte d’Arthur

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Tristram (Tramtrist) Character Analysis

The son of a king from Liones, Tristram is destined to become one of the kingdom’s greatest knights, matched only by Launcelot. Tristram is initially not one of the knights of the Round Table, though Arthur makes him one later on, and the tales of his exploits—which seem to make up a massive digression in the middle of the book—provide a counterpoint for some of the book’s themes from an outsider’s perspective, including honor, chivalry, the ambivalence of love, and revenge.

Tristram (Tramtrist) Quotes in Le Morte d’Arthur

The Le Morte d’Arthur quotes below are all either spoken by Tristram (Tramtrist) or refer to Tristram (Tramtrist). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Le Morte d’Arthur published in 1970.
Book 10 Quotes

But wit ye well Sir Palomides had envy heartily, for all that night he had never rest in his bed, but wailed and wept out of measure. So on the morn Sir Tristram, Gareth, and Dinadan arose early, and then they went unto Sir Palomides’ chamber, and there they found him fast asleep, for he had all night watched, and it was seen upon his cheeks that he had wept full sore. Say nothing, said Sir Tristram, for I am sure he hath taken anger and sorrow for the rebuke that I gave to him, and La Beale Isoud.

Related Characters: Tristram (Tramtrist) (speaker), Isoud (La Beale Isoud), Sir Gareth (Beaumains), Sir Palomides, Dinadan
Page Number: Vol 2, 166
Explanation and Analysis:

During the tournament, Palomides, who has long been jealous of Tristram because he is also in love with La Beale Isoud, had hatched a plan to dishonor Tristram. He had borrowed a wounded knight's armor and had ridden out to fight against Tristram anonymously, making many at the tournament impressed with his skill. However, Isoud had been watching from a window in the castle, so she saw everything, and found Palomides' behavior shameful.

Now Palomides recognizes that his plan had backfired. Not only did he fail to win Isoud's admiration, but now she actively dislikes him, and Tristram - whom Palomides still admires despite his jealousy - is also irritated with him. Palomides' jealousy mingles with his sense of shame in a way that is so acute that he weeps all night long. Palomides is not even able to hide his feelings: Tristram, Gareth, and Dinadan witness his state of sorrow, and Tristram easily guesses where it results from. Palomides may be a valiant fighter in a tournament, but the opinion of a woman can easily triumph over him in other spheres.

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Tristram (Tramtrist) Character Timeline in Le Morte d’Arthur

The timeline below shows where the character Tristram (Tramtrist) appears in Le Morte d’Arthur. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2
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...Merlin writes the two knights’ names in gold on Lanceor’s tomb: Launcelot du Lake and Tristram. King Mark asks Merlin’s name, but he refuses to tell. Merlin tells Balin that he... (full context)
Book 4
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...of the Round Table, since two knights had been killed that year. Much later, Sir Tristram would fight against Sir Marhaus on an island, and Marhaus would be killed. Pelleas would... (full context)
Book 7
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...hurt him or any of the other knights of the Round Table. Gawaine asks Sir Tristram who the knight of many colors is. Tristram goes to the Knight of the Red... (full context)
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...Round Table. Gareth’s brother Gaheris also marries Linet here. After all the jousting Launcelot and Tristram depart suddenly, displeasing Arthur. (full context)
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Chapter 1 Sir Tristram is the son of King Meliodas of Liones and Elizabeth, King Mark’s sister. Another lady... (full context)
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...Meliodas marries King Howell’s daughter, and has several children with her. She is jealous of Tristram, and one day decides to poison Tristram through a drink in the children’s room—but one... (full context)
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Chapter 3 Tristram is sent into Cornwall, France to be raised by a tutor named Gouvernail. Tristram stays... (full context)
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...though others say that no knights of the Round Table will fight against each other. Tristram hears of this, and he grows angry and ashamed that no knight in Cornwall will... (full context)
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Chapter 5 Tristram asks permission from Meliodas to fight, and though his father warns him of Marhaus’s skill,... (full context)
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Chapter 6 Tristram arrives at the island, where Marhaus is waiting, spear in hand, on a nearby ship.... (full context)
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Chapter 7 Marhaus meets Tristram and warns him that he has conquered the best knights of the land. Tristram declares... (full context)
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Tristram calls after Marhaus, saying it is shameful for him to flee. Tristram yells that he... (full context)
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Chapter 8 Marhaus departs to Ireland to tend to his wounds, but a piece of Tristram’s sword is lodged in his head, and it cannot be extracted, so he dies. His... (full context)
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Chapter 9 Anguish puts Tristram (now referred to as Tramtrist) in his daughter’s keeping, since she is a good surgeon.... (full context)
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...cousin, the Lady of the Launds, whose winner will marry her. La Beale Isoud tells Tramtrist of the tournament, but he says he’s too weak to fight. Isoud says if he... (full context)
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Chapter 10 La Beale Isoud is impressed by this and loves Tramtrist more, seeing how the boy worships him. The next day she gives Tramtrist a white... (full context)
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Tramtrist turns back to the castle and meets a damsel who asks if he is Sir... (full context)
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Chapter 11 While Tramtrist is in the bath one day, the queen of Ireland comes across his sword, and... (full context)
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...it is such a noble knight, and he says it would be shameful to kill Tramtrist. If Tramtrist tells him who his father was, what his name is, and if he... (full context)
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Chapter 12 Tristram then reveals the truth to King Anguish, who realizes that Tristram was only doing what... (full context)
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Tristram goes to La Beale Isoud (now usually just referred to as Isoud) and shares everything... (full context)
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Chapter 13 Tristram leaves for Cornwall and reunites with his parents. He stays at Mark’s court for a... (full context)
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Chapter 14 Tristram continues to the lady, and they sleep together, but he hasn’t bandaged his wound from... (full context)
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Segwarides rides after Tristram and, when he finds him, orders him to fight. They draw their swords and Tristram... (full context)
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...When her husband hears, he rides after Bleoberis. The court ladies know Segwarides’ wife loves Tristram, and they say Tristram is a coward for letting her be taken away. But he... (full context)
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Then a squire returns, saying that Sir Segwarides is wounded to the point of death. Tristram, ashamed, rides out with Gouvernail. On the way he meets his cousin Sir Andred, who... (full context)
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Chapter 16 Tristram does encounter these two knights, and declares that he will do better than Sir Andred.... (full context)
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Chapter 17 Tristram calls to Bleoberis to release the lady. Bleoberis says he fears no Cornish knights, but... (full context)
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Chapter 18 The lady says that she loved Tristram above all others, but he failed to rescue her when Bleoberis led her away, so... (full context)
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Chapter 19 King Mark now actively plots to destroy Tristram. He decides to send Tristram to fetch La Beale Isoud so that he, Mark, might... (full context)
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Meanwhile, a lady in great anguish comes by Tristram’s pavilion. She tells him that a great lady had given her the child of Launcelot... (full context)
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Chapter 21 Tristram strikes the knight to the ground and he yields. Tristram leads him and the child... (full context)
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Chapter 22 King Anguish tells Carados that he has found a champion, and he brings Tristram. Bleoberis reminds his brother Blamore that none of their family has ever been shamed in... (full context)
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Chapter 23 Blamore cries to Tristram to slay him rather than make him yield, but Tristram is reluctant to kill him... (full context)
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Chapter 24 Tristram then asks King Anguish for his reward: that he might give him La Beale Isoud... (full context)
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...they are taken prisoner. According to the castle’s custom, they will only be released once Tristram fights Breunor, the lord of the castle. If Breunor wins, the stranger and his lady... (full context)
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Chapter 25 In prison, a knight and lady come to cheer up Tristram and Isoud, and Tristram remarks at the incomprehensible custom of the place. The knight says... (full context)
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Sir Breunor arrives with his lady, a muffle covering her head, and asks Tristram where his lady is. Tristram says his lady is fairer, and he will prove it... (full context)
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Chapter 26 Tristram strikes Breunor from his horse, but then Breunor kills Tristram’s horse, and the two fight... (full context)
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Chapter 27 Galahad comes to fight with Tristram, and it lasts nearly half a day. Finally Tristram drives Galahad down, but then the... (full context)
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Chapter 28 Tristram departs over the sea. Meanwhile Launcelot, riding, encounters Gawaine bound up by Sir Carados. Gawaine... (full context)
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Chapter 29 Mark and Isoud are married, though she and Tristram still love each other. Two of Isoud’s ladies decide out of envy to destroy Isoud’s... (full context)
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...Mark and asks to take his wife, Isoud, away with him. The king thinks that Tristram will surely rescue Isoud, so he agrees to let Palomides take her. Mark sends for... (full context)
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Chapter 31 When Tristram returns from hunting, he feels ashamed and immediately rides out after Palomides. He finds Adtherp... (full context)
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Chapter 32 Tristram brings Isoud home to King Mark, and they all recover. But one day Sir Andred,... (full context)
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Tristram takes his horse and squire to the forest. Soon he meets two brothers who are... (full context)
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...jousting, and Sir Lamorak de Galis proves himself to be a remarkable knight. Mark orders Tristram to joust with him. Tristram says it would be against the chivalric code to fight... (full context)
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Tristram often spends the night with Isoud, and one night Sir Andred, who often spies on... (full context)
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Chapter 35 Gouvernail seeks out his master and pulls him up from the rocks. Tristram asks after Isoud, who he says has been put in a lazar-cote (a leper’s house).... (full context)
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Isoud sends a lady to Tristram to tell him that, since she cannot help him, he should go to King Howel... (full context)
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Chapter 36 An earl is laying siege against King Howel, and Howel asks Tristram to fight for him. Tristram kills the earl and over a hundred knights, and is... (full context)
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Meanwhile a knight from Brittany comes to Arthur’s court and tells of Tristram’s marriage. Launcelot cries that Tristram is untrue to his lady, and Launcelot sends the messenger... (full context)
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Chapter 37 The knight reports back to Tristram, who is ashamed. La Beale Isoud writes to Guenever about Tristram’s falseness, but Guenever writes... (full context)
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Chapter 38 Tristram meanwhile takes Isoud la Blanche Mains and Kehydius to go boating, and they are driven... (full context)
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...begins to win, Nabon tells him to stop, saying that he’ll show Lamorak great courtesy. Tristram steps forward and offers to fight Nabon on foot. He shares his name, and Nabon... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Tristram sends a letter to Launcelot claiming that he has never slept with Isoud la Blanche... (full context)
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...who asks Launcelot for forgiveness for having mocked him. She says that she had met Tristram at Camelot, and he had rescued her black shield from Breuse Saunce Pité, who had... (full context)
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Chapter 10 Meanwhile, La Beale Isoud has been sending pitiful letters to Tristram, and finally asks him via her maid Bragwaine to come to her court with his... (full context)
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Tristram and Kehydius leave and come across a knight sitting by a well, next to a... (full context)
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Chapter 11 Tristram shares his name, and the other knight says he is Lamorak de Galis. Tristram reminds... (full context)
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...lion, and the feet of a hart: Galtisant, or the Questing Beast. Palomides strikes down Tristram and Lamorak with one spear, but then continues on after the beast, and the two... (full context)
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Chapter 15 Meanwhile Tristram rides with Sir Kay, who reveals his name. Tristram says that Kay is known as... (full context)
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In the morning Tristram jousts with and wins over Brandiles and Tor. Brandiles and Kay decide to ride after... (full context)
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...with his knights, in the hopes that he’ll be killed. Nimue seeks out Launcelot or Tristram to help Arthur. She finds Tristram first, they ride to a castle, where a knight... (full context)
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Arthur thanks Tristram heartily, but Tristram refuses to share his name. They ride together until they meet Sir... (full context)
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Chapter 17 Tristram and Lamorak meet at the designated well, fetch Kehydius, and ride to the ship where... (full context)
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Isoud secretly lodges Tristram in a turret (little tower atop a castle). One day Tristram, Kehydius, and Isoud are... (full context)
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Chapter 18 Tristram fears his discovery by Mark, so he sends for his horse and spear from Gouvernail,... (full context)
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...19 One day Arthur’s fool Dagonet comes into Cornwall and passes by a well where Tristram is resting. Tristram throws Dagonet and his squires into the well, then lifts them out,... (full context)
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The two come across Sir Mark, whom Palomides calls a destroyer of worshipful knights, including Tristram. Mark refuses to fight, since he did no wrong and is in fact sorry for... (full context)
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Chapter 20 Sir Andred, Tristram’s cousin, has his lover spread a rumor that she saw Tristram die, and that Tristram... (full context)
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Meanwhile Tristram remains wandering naked in the forest. A giant named Tauleas has avoided the forest for... (full context)
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Isoud always keeps a small brachet with her, a gift from Tristram, which never leaves her side unless it is to go to Tristram himself. Suddenly the... (full context)
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Chapter 22 Because of the brachet’s actions, Andred realizes that the man is Tristram, and he tells Mark. Tristram admits it himself. Mark asks his barons to condemn Tristram... (full context)
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Chapter 23 Tristram lands with Dinadan, Ector de Maris and Sir Bors de Ganis, along with Bleoberis and... (full context)
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Chapter 24 Tristram and Dinadan ride towards shepherds to ask if they know of any lodging. They say... (full context)
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Sir Palomides and Sir Gaheris then arrive at the castle gate, requiring Tristram and Dinadan to emerge and joust again. They fight on horse and then on foot,... (full context)
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Chapter 25 Launcelot, hearing of Tristram’s exploits, praises him. Meanwhile, Dinadan is lodged at a priory, where he tells a knight... (full context)
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...King Carados of Scotland and the King of North Wales. Many knights meet there, including Tristram, who performs splendidly. He rides away and meets a damsel who tells him about a... (full context)
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Chapter 26 Gawaine and Tristram agree to ride to Morgan le Fay’s castle. When they arrive, Gawaine calls out for... (full context)
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Chapter 27 Tristram falls asleep. Dame Bragwaine comes upon him and, when he awakes, gives him letters from... (full context)
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Chapter 28 Persides and Tristram ride to the tournament, where Palomides sends a squire to ask Persides to joust with... (full context)
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Chapter 29 Launcelot (still in disguise) jousts with Palomides as Tristram and Dinadan watch, and Tristram predicts Palomides will fall—and he is right. Launcelot rides to... (full context)
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Chapter 30 Tristram gets Gouvernail to bring him a black shield, and he rides to the tournament with... (full context)
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...31 In the morning Palomides rides to Arthur’s side, and he sends a damsel to Tristram to ask his name. Tristram says he won’t tell until they’ve fought, and that they’ll... (full context)
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Tristram sees the King with the Hundred Knights fight against 20 members of Launcelot’s family, and,... (full context)
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Chapter 32 The King withdraws his knights, and suddenly Tristram, Dinadan, and Gouvernail ride into the forest. Arthur blows the horn to end the 2nd... (full context)
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...tournament from La Beale Isoud, pretending it’s to ask after Guenever, but actually looking for Tristram. Bragwaine rides through the forest and sends her squire before her. The squire comes to... (full context)
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Chapter 33 On the third day Tristram and Palomides fight, and Tristram wins—and he even strikes down Arthur as well. Tristram jousts... (full context)
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Chapter 34 Finally Launcelot prepares to joust. Tristram’s spear breaks as they meet, and Launcelot accidentally wounds Tristram deeply, but before withdrawing Tristram... (full context)
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...and joins in. Finally he gives the prize to Launcelot, though others are clamoring for Tristram to receive it. (full context)
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...the Knight of the Black Shield: since he had said that he was fighting for Tristram, they suspect it is Tristram himself, and are sorry that he has escaped. Arthur hears... (full context)
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Chapter 36 Mordred is lying sick in the same old knight’s home where Tristram is staying, having jousted with Persides. Gawaine sends a damsel who meets Palomides on the... (full context)
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...Launcelot suggests that he and ten other knights swear never to rest until they find Tristram. They all depart and ride together, before coming to a cross and heading four ways.... (full context)
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Chapter 37 Sir Lucan, a Round Table knight, rides to where Tristram is staying to ask for lodging himself. The nephew of the castle’s lord Darras refuses... (full context)
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...were killed at the tournament by a noble knight with a black shield—she points to Tristram as the one. Darras then imprisons Tristram, Palomides, and Dinadan. Every day Palomides reminds Tristram... (full context)
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...King Mark of the knight with the black shield. Mark guesses it was Launcelot or Tristram. Mark is afraid when Gaheris tells him it was Tristram, but Isoud is glad of... (full context)
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...and carries Uwaine to be healed. Gaheris prepares to leave, and rebukes Mark for banishing Tristram, who would have remained his best knight. (full context)
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...and makes an oath never again to be against knights, and to be friendly to Tristram should he ever return to Cornwall. Kay prepares to slay Andred, but Gaheris tells him... (full context)
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Launcelot, Kay, and Gaheris go out to seek Tristram in the country of Surluse. Meanwhile Dinadan, Palomides, and Tristram remain in prison. A damsel... (full context)
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Tristram meanwhile goes to a castle for lodging, but the castle happens to also be hosting... (full context)
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Chapter 43 In the minutes before he dies, Hemison asks Tristram to have him sent back to Morgan’s castle, where she is greatly sorrowful. Tristram continues... (full context)
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Chapter 44 There Tristram does many great exploits with Morgan’s shield. Arthur doesn’t understand what it means, but Guenever... (full context)
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Chapter 1 Tristram says he doesn’t know what the shield means but has promised to carry it. Arthur... (full context)
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Chapter 2 Tristram strikes at all nine of the knights, who begin to flee with Breuse Saunce Pité... (full context)
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They ride together to a well, where a knight is lying under a tree asleep. Tristram nudges him awake, and he immediately hurls himself at Tristram and strikes him off his... (full context)
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Chapter 3 Tristram rides after the knight, and comes across a lady mourning next to a dead knight.... (full context)
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Chapter 4 Tristram sends Gouvernail to fetch him a new harness. Suddenly Tristram meets with Sagramore le Desirous... (full context)
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Chapter 5 Tristram rides towards Camelot, to the place where Balin slew Lanceor and where Lanceor’s lover was... (full context)
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Chapter 6 Launcelot brings Tristram to court, where he is welcomed joyfully. He shares that he was meant to fight... (full context)
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Chapter 7 Mark hears of the great prowess of Tristram at Arthur’s court and is jealous, so he sends a messenger, who reports that Tristram... (full context)
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...a knight sorrowfully exclaiming about his unrequited love for La Beale Isoud, who only loves Tristram, and whose husband is the falsest king in the world. Mark is there hiding and,... (full context)
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...how the cowardly Mark has slain him and Bersules, all because they refused to kill Tristram. Arthur is furious, and Tristram weeps for the knights’ deaths. Launcelot asks permission to go... (full context)
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Chapter 16 Meanwhile Dinadan comforts Palomides, who asks him if he’s seen Tristram. He was meant to meet with him to fight, Palomides says, but he was kept... (full context)
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...there since he is wounded. Lamorak says he’ll stay too, but Dinadan desires to see Tristram, so he continues to Arthur’s court. On his way a knight orders him to joust,... (full context)
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Chapter 21 Arthur announces a jousting tournament. Tristram, Launcelot, and Dinadan decide not to joust. Gawaine wins at first, but then a knight... (full context)
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...22 One day Arthur asks Mark to give him a gift: that Mark will take Tristram to Cornwall, let him see his friends, and keep him safe there. Mark vows to... (full context)
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Chapter 23 A week after Mark and Tristram leave, a knight, Aglavale, arrives to court with a young squire, whom he asks Arthur... (full context)
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Chapter 26 A knight comes from Cornwall to Arthur’s court, and shares tidings of Tristram. Launcelot sends a damsel with a letter to Tristram warning him to be wary of... (full context)
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...so he puts it out of his mind. The letter also says that Mark takes Tristram for his mortal enemy, and will be avenged on him. Guenever’s letter shares what Mark... (full context)
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Chapter 28 Tristram, meanwhile, is wounded at a tournament, and goes to the castle of Sir Dinas to... (full context)
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...the captain Elias calls out to Mark to tell him to do battle, now that Tristram is there. Tristram tells a messenger that they will meet in the morning. Mark makes... (full context)
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Chapter 30 No knight dares fight Elias. Tristram says that though he is wounded, he will fight himself. The next day they meet... (full context)
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...was only following Dinadan’s command. Mark orders him to leave. He thinks this was all Tristram’s doing. (full context)
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Tristram sends for Alisander to come to King Arthur’s court. Mark sends a knight to follow... (full context)
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...Beuse, who would become a knight in Arthur’s court and avenge his father’s murder (and Tristram’s) by Mark. But we leave this tale aside for now. (full context)
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...desire, out of envy, to kill or at least shame Launcelot. Mark decides to disguise Tristram so that Galahalt thinks he’s Launcelot. Seeing Tristram’s jousting, everyone the first day believes that... (full context)
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...with the order to come to Jerusalem to help fight against Saracens. Mark sends for Tristram and says that if he joins this war, he’ll be let out of prison. Tristram... (full context)
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Sir Percivale de Galis comes to seek Tristram, and rescues him out of prison. Percivale then rides to Mark and declares that he’s... (full context)
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Chapter 52 Tristram and Isoud arrive to England, where Tristram joins a jousting of Arthur’s in disguise. Launcelot... (full context)
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Chapter 53 Isoud warns Tristram not to go out hunting unarmed, since he should be wary of Mark and his... (full context)
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...fight Bleoberis. But Ector de Maris says Palomides will find his match in Launcelot or Tristram. Palomides says that only one person has been his match: Lamorak, but Gawaine and his... (full context)
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Chapter 55 Tristram, meanwhile, has encountered Dinadan, but refuses to share his name. Dinadan declares that he’ll fight... (full context)
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Tristram rides to Launcelot’s castle, where Launcelot is gone, and several knights have been killed. Tristram... (full context)
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Chapter 56 But after Tristram leaves, the brothers overtake him again and vow to fight. Tristram strikes down Gaheris and... (full context)
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Chapter 57 Dinadan rides to overtake Tristram, and orders him to joust. When they do, Tristram avoids striking Dinadan down, so finally... (full context)
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...held. They recall the death of Sir Lamorak, once the best knight after Launcelot, and Tristram cries that he would kill the brothers who did it if they weren’t relatives of... (full context)
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...The knights rise until coming to Humber Bank, where they see a red silk-covered ship. Tristram enters: a wounded knight is lying on a bed with a letter in his hand.... (full context)
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Chapter 60 Tristram, Gareth, and Dinadan leave Palomides and come across an unarmed knight, who offers to bring... (full context)
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...the Hundred Knights and Sir Segwarides. The king looks at Dinadan’s helmet (which is actually Tristram’s), which the Queen of Northgalis had given to Isoud, and Isoud to Tristram, and asks... (full context)
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...city celebrates, but Palomides promised to go to Arthur’s tournament, so he leaves. He meets Tristram at Joyous Gard, Launcelot’s castle, and Tristram and Dinadan rejoice at Palomides’ return. (full context)
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Chapter 65 The next day Tristram and Palomides ride into the woods and meet a knight who asks who the castle... (full context)
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Tristram and Palomides ride back to the castle, and the next morning they ride to Lonazep... (full context)
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...Galihodin meets Gawaine and they compare notes, saying that the people they encountered must be Tristram, Palomides, and Isoud. Meanwhile Tristram leaves the others at a pavilion and rides on Palomides’... (full context)
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Chapter 67 Tristram continues to Lonazep, but Gawaine and Galihodin arrive to Arthur first and tell him about... (full context)
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Chapter 68 Palomides suggests to Tristram that they fight against Arthur, since Launcelot and many other worthy knights will be on... (full context)
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Chapter 69 Palomides strikes down 20 knights, and Tristram 30, mostly of the house of Arthur. Arthur tells Launcelot that this is shameful, and... (full context)
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Chapter 70 Isoud had wept upon seeing Tristram unhorsed, but now delights at seeing him recovered and fighting again. Palomides happens to look... (full context)
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Chapter 71 Ector de Maris then strikes down Palomides in revenge, so Tristram does the same to Ector. Launcelot gets up and cries that Palomides has done him... (full context)
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...fight then begins between the two sides, and that day Palomides receives the prize again. Tristram orders Dinadan to fetch Isoud and bring her to his pavilion. Launcelot says to Arthur... (full context)
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Chapter 72 Dinadan cries that Tristram has been fighting sluggishly all day. Tristram grows angry, though Dinadan is just trying to... (full context)
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Chapter 73 In the morning Launcelot departs and Tristram prepares to ride in with Isoud, Palomides, and Gareth. Watching from a window, Launcelot remarks... (full context)
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Chapter 74 Then the jousting begins again, and Palomides and Gareth do especially well. Tristram watches, meanwhile, but then Gareth reminds him of Dinadan’s rebukes of the day before. Tristram,... (full context)
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Chapter 75 Launcelot enters the fray and performs well, but refuses to fight against Tristram. Arthur remarks that Palomides seems to be envious of Tristram. Tristram rides to the pavilion... (full context)
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...wounded knight and asks to borrow his armor. He rides out disguised, and then meets Tristram to fight. Tristram marvels at this knight’s prowess, and wonders who he is. Only Isoud,... (full context)
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All of them continue to fight, but finally Dinadan gets Tristram’s horse and calls out his name on purpose. Launcelot exclaims that’s he’s dishonored for having... (full context)
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Chapter 77 The fighting ends, and Isoud goes to the pavilion, still furious with Palomides. Tristram, Gareth, and Dinadan meet there, and when Palomides arrives, still disguised, Tristram tells him to... (full context)
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...arrive at the pavilion to see Isoud. They take off their helmets, and Dinadan tells Tristram that they are Launcelot and Arthur. They all embrace and disarm. Arthur praises Isoud’s beauty... (full context)
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Chapter 79 Tristram and Palomides ride to the field and the fighting begins again. Palomides does well at... (full context)
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Chapter 80 Tristram tells Palomides, Gareth, and Dinadan that he will switch to Arthur’s side, so that the... (full context)
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...that he’s in love with La Beale Isoud, and fears he’s lost her love and Tristram’s friendship forever. He never thought Isoud was really in love with him, but she criticized... (full context)
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...Launcelot’s castle, where Palomides calls out to a knight to send his best wishes to Tristram. The knight races to Tristram, who weeps. (full context)
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Chapter 85 Tristram is still angry, but vows not to let Palomides die shamefully. Meanwhile the knights pass... (full context)
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Chapter 86 Tristram doesn’t recognize Launcelot until he takes off his helmet, and they embrace. Launcelot leaves after... (full context)
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Chapter 87 Tristram vows to fight Palomides, who suggests they meet in two weeks, when Palomides is recovered.... (full context)
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...day Palomides comes to the well with his sergeants. He sends a squire to get Tristram and finds him in bed, with a wound six inches deep: Palomides is glad that... (full context)
Book 11
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Chapter 1 We move from Tristram to Launcelot and his son, Galahad. Around the time of Galahad’s birth a hermit comes... (full context)
Book 12
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...his absence, and reminds him that he has more glory than any other knight but Tristram. Launcelot agrees, and leaves with them. Elaine of Corbin tells him that Galahad will also... (full context)
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Chapter 11 Meanwhile Tristram has gained even greater renown. Tristram and Isoud speak of Launcelot’s return, and decide to... (full context)
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Chapter 12 Tristram leaves Isoud and comes across a knight who has been wounded by Palomides. Tristram regrets... (full context)
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Chapter 13 Tristram marvels that Palomides won’t be christened (baptized as a Christian), and Palomides explains that he... (full context)
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Chapter 14 They fight more than two hours. Palomides eventually wounds Tristram, who grows enraged, and rushes mightily at Palomides and wounds him through the shoulder. Finally... (full context)