The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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King Arthur, who features in the story “Lanval,” is the king of Britain and head of a group of knights called The Round Table. He puts Lanval on trial for allegedly insulting his wife, Guinevere. The figure of Arthur appears in many medieval English, Welsh, and Breton romances and folklore.

King Arthur Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

The The Lais of Marie de France quotes below are all either spoken by King Arthur or refer to King Arthur. 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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V. Lanval Quotes

Arthur, the worthy and courtly king, was at Carlisle on account of the Scots and the Picts who were ravaging the country, penetrating into the land of Logres and frequently laying it waste.

The king was there during the summer, at Pentecost, and he gave many rich gifts to counts and barons and to those of the Round Table: there was no such company in the whole world. He apportioned wives and lands to all, save to one who had served him: this was Lanval, whom he did not remember, and for whom no one put in a good word.

Related Characters: King Arthur, Lanval, Marie de France
Page Number: 73
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King Arthur Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

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King Arthur is staying at Carlisle while the Scots and the Picts are threatening the country of... (full context)
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...more beautiful than the queen. Humiliated, the queen retreats to her bed, and when King Arthur returns, she tells him that Lanval has shamed her—he asked for her love, she claims,... (full context)
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...queen’s love, though he admits that his boast about his lady’s beauty is true. King Arthur decides that the matter will have to be decided by trial and allows Gawain to... (full context)
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...the barons can banish him, they see two purple-clad damsels approaching on horseback. They ask Arthur to provide lodgings for their lady, which he grants. The knights are all delighted at... (full context)
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...that his beloved has come, and he is saved. The fairy lady explains to King Arthur that the queen was wrong and that Lanval had never sought her love. Then the... (full context)