Le Morte d’Arthur

Arthur’s wife and the lover of the knight Launcelot. Guenever seems to love Arthur as well, remaining politically loyal to him throughout the book, though until the downfall of the empire she refuses to give up her affair with Launcelot even when it appears she might be burned at the stake for treason. Guenever also enjoys the support and love of the knights of the Round Table, for whom she serves as a symbol of the feminine honor that they claim to fight for. In fact, it is only once some of the knights definitively turn away from Guenever, no longer worshipping her as their beloved queen because of their jealousy of Launcelot, that the kingdom begins to unravel—suggesting that it was Guenever who managed to hold competing interests together for so long.

Queen Guenever Quotes in Le Morte d’Arthur

The Le Morte d’Arthur quotes below are all either spoken by Queen Guenever or refer to Queen Guenever. 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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Book 9 Quotes

Queen Morgan loved Sir Launcelot best, and ever she desired him, and he would never love her nor do nothing at her request, and therefore she held many knights together for to have taken him by strength. And because she deemed that Sir Launcelot loved Queen Guenever paramour, and she him again, therefore Queen Morgan le Fay ordained that shield to put Sir Launcelot to a rebuke, to that intent that King Arthur might understand the love between them.

Related Characters: King Arthur, Queen Guenever, Sir Launcelot du Lake, Morgan le Fay
Page Number: Vol 1, 464
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Book 10 Quotes

For an it happeth an envious man once to win worship he shall be dishonoured twice therefore; and for this cause all men of worship hate an envious man, and will shew him no favour, and he that is courteous, and kind, and gentle, hath favour in every place.

Related Characters: Queen Guenever (speaker), Sir Palomides
Page Number: Vol 2, 172
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Book 18 Quotes

For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May, in something to constrain him to some manner of thing more in that month than in any other month, for divers causes. For then all herbs an trees renew a man and woman, and likewise lovers call again to their mind old gentleness and old service, and many kind deeds that were forgotten by negligence. For like as winter rasure doth always arase and defase green summer, so fareth it by unstable love in man and woman. For in many persons there is no stability; for we may see all day, for a little blast of winter’s rasure, anon we shall deface and lay apart true love for little or nought, that cost much thing; this is no wisdom nor stability, but it is feebleness of nature and great disworship, whosomever uses this.

Related Characters: Queen Guenever, Sir Launcelot du Lake
Page Number: Vol 2, 425
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Book 21 Quotes

Through this man and me hath all this war been wrought, and the death of the most noblest knights of the world; for through our love that we have loved together is my most noble lord slain.

Related Characters: Queen Guenever (speaker), King Arthur, Sir Launcelot du Lake
Page Number: Vol 2, 523
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Then Sir Launcelot saw her visage, but he wept not greatly, but sighed.

Related Characters: Queen Guenever, Sir Launcelot du Lake
Page Number: Vol 2, 526
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Queen Guenever Character Timeline in Le Morte d’Arthur

The timeline below shows where the character Queen Guenever appears in Le Morte d’Arthur. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1
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...a feast, which is when Arthur first meets and falls in love with Leodegrance’s daughter Guenever, whom he will later marry. King Claudas is continuing to wage war in Ban and... (full context)
Book 3
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...a wife. Merlin asks if there is any woman he loves, and Arthur responds with Guenever. Merlin warns Arthur that she and Launcelot will fall in love, but he also understands... (full context)
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Chapter 2 Arthur is overjoyed to hear that Guenever is on her way. He asks Merlin to collect 50 of the most skilled knights... (full context)
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Chapter 5 Arthur and Guenever’s wedding takes place and a high feast is prepared. As all are seated, a white... (full context)
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...to Camelot with the dead lady’s head hung around his neck, and tells Arthur and Guenever the story, upsetting them deeply. Guenever decrees that Gawaine’s eternal quest shall be to protect... (full context)
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...Pellinore and the lady arrive at Camelot the next day and he tells his adventures. Guenever laments that Pellinore didn’t save the other lady’s life. Merlin says the lady was Pellinore’s... (full context)
Book 4
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...to Pellinore and asks him to prepare his men. The next day he leaves with Guenever for a forest near Humber. An enemy knight counsels the five kings to be quick... (full context)
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...are safe. But someone betrays their location, and a wounded knight slips into Arthur and Guenever’s pavilion and tells them to flee, for many have been killed already. They ride towards... (full context)
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...a church, and though she feigns nonchalance she is actually in great mourning. Morgan asks Guenever permission to leave on a ride, and she goes in search of Arthur, thinking to... (full context)
Book 5
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...governors, including Sir Constantine, to govern the kingdom while he’s gone, along with his Queen Guenever, who faints away in sorrow when Arthur leaves. Before departing, Arthur names Sir Constantine as... (full context)
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...Arthur says he comes from King Arthur’s court, and she says the giant lusts after Guenever. (full context)
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...They must not rob or do harm along the way. They return via Sandwich, where Guenever greets Arthur joyfully. (full context)
Book 6
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...are many tournaments, in which Sir Launcelot du Lake proves his prowess above all. Queen Guenever favors him above all other knights, and he falls in love with her. Launcelot decides... (full context)
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...they arrive he awakens, and the queens tell him that they know that he and Guenever cannot have each other, so he must choose one of them, or else die in... (full context)
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...and blesses him. Before she leaves she says she’s heard that Launcelot only loves Queen Guenever and that Guenever has enchanted him not to love anyone else. He tells her that... (full context)
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...Kay: they initially protest, but then agree, and Launcelot tells them to go to Queen Guenever and say they were sent from Kay to be their prisoners. Kay kneels down and... (full context)
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...He has mercy on them instead of killing them, and tells them to go to Guenever as prisoners, and to say that Kay sent them. (full context)
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...a damsel, who likewise orders Launcelot to lay down the sword, or he’ll never see Guenever again. The damsel orders Launcelot to kiss her, and he refuses. She says she’s loved... (full context)
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...always keep his lady’s head with him and not to rest until he arrives before Guenever. When Pedivere reaches Arthur’s court, Guenever exclaims that what he did was a shameful, horrible... (full context)
Book 8
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...Palomides. Tristram agrees, and Isoud tells Palomides to go to Arthur and recommend Isoud to Guenever. Isoud says to tell Guenever that there are only four true lovers in this land:... (full context)
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...if she is false it will spill. Morgan le Fay, knowing of the affair between Guenever and Launcelot, is sending the horn to Arthur. Lamorak orders the knight to send it... (full context)
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...37 The knight reports back to Tristram, who is ashamed. La Beale Isoud writes to Guenever about Tristram’s falseness, but Guenever writes that he has surely been tricked by female sorcery,... (full context)
Book 9
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...rides out to slay a hart with some knights, and Breunor is left behind with Guenever. Suddenly a lion kept in a stone tower escapes and hurtles after the queen and... (full context)
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...isn’t aware of Lamorak’s presence, and spends all night moaning about his love for Queen Guenever. In the morning Lamorak rides into the forest and meets two knights, who say they... (full context)
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...calls them cowards. Lamorak departs and then encounters Meliagrance, and asks him why he loves Guenever so. Meliagrance says she’s the fairest queen of all, but Lamorak says that title belongs... (full context)
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Dame Bragwaine arrives at the 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... (full context)
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...Arthur has decreed a tournament, and to perform well for her there. The shield depicts Guenever and Launcelot, and Morgan wants Arthur to guess that Launcelot is having an affair with... (full context)
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...Tristram does many great exploits with Morgan’s shield. Arthur doesn’t understand what it means, but Guenever does and grows anxious. A damsel of Morgan goes to Arthur and tells him that... (full context)
Book 10
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...is angry, supposing that Tristram is planning treason against him. Mark sends letters to Launcelot, Guenever, and Arthur. (full context)
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Chapter 27 Mark’s letter to Arthur hints at Guenever and Launcelot’s affair, but Arthur thinks that this is only a rumor started by Morgan... (full context)
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...lord of Surluse, comes to Arthur’s court to suggest he hold a joust. Arthur tells Guenever to go without him. She says she’ll take Launcelot. (full context)
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...on Palomides, Galahalt cries for them to stop. The knight reveals himself to be Lamorak. Guenever praises him, then asks Launcelot not to fight others of Arthur’s men. (full context)
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...forest, dresses him as a damsel. That night they bring him in to dinner, and Guenever falls down laughing. In the morning Guenever and Launcelot depart for Camelot. But Lamorak refuses... (full context)
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...woman’s beauty, and Arthur tells him that it’s Isoud, who is fairer than anyone but Guenever. Arthur suggests they fight for her, though Launcelot warns that it will be difficult to... (full context)
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Chapter 81 After a week Bleoberis and Ector de Maris leave the others and meet Guenever, who is recovering from illness at a seaside castle. They tell her about the tournament,... (full context)
Book 11
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...a lady, Brisen, comes to the king and tells him that Launcelot loves only Queen Guenever, so she will trick him. Brisen has a knight bring a ring that looks like... (full context)
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...of his adventures. A rumor spreads about Launcelot’s child by Elaine de Corbin. This angers Guenever, but when Launcelot tells her how he was tricked, she forgives him. Then Arthur returns... (full context)
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...Corbin gets permission from her father to ride with Brisen to the feast. Arthur and Guenever welcome her, as do all the knights but Launcelot, who is ashamed and refuses to... (full context)
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Chapter 8 That night Brisen comes to Launcelot’s bed, disguised, and says Guenever is waiting. She brings him to Elaine of Corbin’s bed. Guenever’s lady finds Launcelot’s bed... (full context)
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Chapter 9 Elaine of Corbin sees all of this, and rebukes Guenever for driving Launcelot mad, and for betraying her own husband, whereas she (Elaine) has no... (full context)
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Chapter 10 Guenever falls, fainting, and when she awakes she asks Bors de Ganis, Ector de Maris, and... (full context)
Book 12
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...return with them to Arthur, but Launcelot says he cannot. Ector says that Arthur and Guenever are distraught at his absence, and reminds him that he has more glory than any... (full context)
Book 13
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...is who must achieve the Sangreal. They notice how much he looks like Launcelot, and Guenever says he must be the son of Launcelot and Elaine of Corbin. Arthur tells Galahad... (full context)
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Chapter 7 Guenever asks Galahad to take off his helmet, and says this must be Launcelot’s son. They... (full context)
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...their lovers, for only a knight clean of sin can see the mysteries of Christ. Guenever asks Galahad where he comes from, and praises his lineage. In the morning Arthur goes... (full context)
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Launcelot follows Guenever into her chamber, where she says he’s betrayed her by leaving. Launcelot says he’ll return... (full context)
Book 18
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...after the quest of the Sangreal, Launcelot forgets his promise and begins to sleep with Guenever again. Many in the court gossip about this, but many other ladies ask Launcelot to... (full context)
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Chapter 2 Then Guenever weeps and calls Launcelot false. She sends him out of the court, saying she never... (full context)
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...a knight named Patrise takes an apple and falls down dead. All the knights suspect Guenever, though Gawaine says he’s known to love fruit, so he must have been the target.... (full context)
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...Arthur thinks Launcelot would do it, but they don’t know where he is. Arthur tells Guenever to ask Sir Bors. (full context)
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Chapter 7 The strange knight asks permission to fight for the Guenever’s honor, but only if he may leave afterwards. The two knights fight, and Mador’s horse... (full context)
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...the death of Patrise. Pinel flees the country, and the story of the treason and Guenever’s accusation is written on Patrise’s tomb. For the feast of Assumption, a great tournament is... (full context)
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Chapter 9 Launcelot, after Guenever tells him of these rumors, says he’ll go to the tournament himself, but will fight... (full context)
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Chapter 15 Sir Bors grows sorrowful when he hears this, and Guenever is furious when she learns of Elaine le Blank and the red sleeve. She sends... (full context)
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...killing his friends and kin, so he can easily forgive Bors. Bors tells Launcelot about Guenever’s wrath, and Launcelot is sorry about it, saying that he cannot rid himself of Elaine—though... (full context)
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...leaves with Lavaine for Camelot, where all rejoice at their return except Agravaine, Mordred, and Guenever, who refuses to speak with Launcelot. (full context)
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Chapter 20 One day Arthur and Guenever are at a window, when they see a black barge riding down the Thames. The... (full context)
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...to anoint him knight at the next feast of Pentecost, and prepares a great tournament. Guenever orders Launcelot never to disguise himself at a joust, and to always wear her sleeve... (full context)
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...notes how unstable love can be in many people, yielding easily to betrayal and weakness. Guenever is one among few in history to remain steadfast and loyal in love. (full context)
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Chapter 1 One May morning Guenever orders the knights to prepare to ride into the woods with her ladies. Sir Meliagrance... (full context)
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Chapter 2 Meliagrance, with eight armed men, sneaks up to Guenever and orders her knights to fight for her. Guenever calls him a shameful traitor, but... (full context)
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Chapter 3 As the knights recover from battle, Guenever whispers to a child of her chamber to take her ring to Launcelot and tell... (full context)
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Guenever spies an armed knight approaching in a chariot. She realizes it’s Launcelot, who races to... (full context)
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Chapter 5 Meliagrance hears that Launcelot is approaching, and quickly falls to his knees before Guenever to ask for mercy. He offers to host Launcelot in peace, and to allow them... (full context)
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...knight, Launcelot takes his sword and sneaks into the garden, where he can speak to Guenever from her window. The queen wishes he could come to her. Launcelot says he’ll prove... (full context)
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Chapter 9 Meanwhile, Guenever is brought to a fire to be burnt, since Launcelot has not appeared at his... (full context)
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...There is a time of peace at court, though Agravaine continues to wait to dishonor Guenever and Launcelot. (full context)
Book 20
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...king. Gawaine tries to remind Agravaine of how often Launcelot has saved both Arthur and Guenever, as well as many knights’ lives. Arthur then comes into the chamber. Gawaine asks them... (full context)
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Chapter 2 Agravaine announces to Arthur that everyone knows of Launcelot’s affair with Guenever. Arthur is reluctant to believe it, since Launcelot has done so much for him and... (full context)
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...Launcelot to yield. Launcelot has no armor and cries that this is shameful. Launcelot kisses Guenever and tells her, if he is killed, to escape with Sir Bors and Urre, who... (full context)
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...kills Agravaine, wounds Mordred, who flees, and strikes down all the others. Launcelot returns to Guenever and tells her that Arthur must now be his enemy, but he will still try... (full context)
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Chapter 6 Sir Bors counsels Launcelot to attempt to protect Guenever above all: regardless of the morality of their former actions, now it is his responsibility... (full context)
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...grieved that Launcelot is against him, and that now the Round Table is broken forever. Guenever must be sentenced to death, which is the only punishment for treason. Gawaine asks Arthur... (full context)
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Chapter 8 Arthur tells Gawaine, Gaheris, and Gareth to prepare Guenever for the fire. Gawaine refuses to assist in such a shameful death. Gareth and Gaheris... (full context)
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...is reluctant to fight against such noble knights, but he will defend the honor of Guenever to his death—he reminds Arthur of all the times he saved her for Arthur’s sake.... (full context)
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...Arthur wants to agree but Gawaine won’t make peace with Launcelot. Launcelot agrees to bring Guenever to Arthur in eight days, and they ride together to Carlisle. (full context)
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Chapter 15 Launcelot cries that he’s brought Guenever according to the Pope’s command. He tells Arthur of Agravaine’s and Mordred’s treacherous actions, but... (full context)
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...into this kingdom, since he’s now leaving it in such a way. Launcelot says to Guenever that he will still vow to defend her from any wrongs. He kisses her and... (full context)
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Chapter 1 Meanwhile Mordred has been given responsibility for Guenever. He receives letters from across the sea saying Arthur has been killed in battle. Mordred... (full context)
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...tomb is written a Latin verse, saying “Here lies Arthur, once and future king.” When Guenever learns of Arthur’s death, she leaves to become a nun in Almesbury. (full context)
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...too late. He tells his men to leave for their country, while he seeks out Guenever. (full context)
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Chapter 9 Launcelot finds Guenever in her convent. Guenever cries that Arthur is dead because of her and Launcelot’s love.... (full context)
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Chapter 10 Launcelot and Guenever depart, both weeping. Launcelot rides to a hermitage, where he meets Bedivere and the Bishop,... (full context)
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Chapter 11 Launcelot goes with other knights to Almesbury. He sees the body of Guenever, and he doesn’t weep, but only sighs. He bears her body to Glastonbury, where Arthur... (full context)