Lanval is a Knight of the Round Table. He’s poor and not originally from Britain, and the other knights regard him as an outsider—perhaps especially because he’s so handsome and chivalrous that he provokes their jealousy. One day while wandering alone in a meadow, Lanval is invited into a luxurious tent, where he meets a fairy lady. The lady offers to become his lover and to supply him with as much gold and silver as he wants, as long as he keeps their relationship secret. If he simply thinks of her, she will appear to him. She bestows such riches on Lanval that he’s able to be generous to his fellow knights and to the poor. While the other knights enjoy socializing and flirting with Queen Guinevere and her ladies, Lanval keeps to himself. This prompts Queen Guinevere to try to woo Lanval; in a panic, he tells her about his beautiful lady, whose servant girls alone are more beautiful than the Queen. Jealous and insulted, Guinevere then gets Lanval into trouble with King Arthur, who decides Lanval must face trial. Just when it seems that the fairy lady won’t respond to Lanval’s desperate summons, she appears on horseback and vindicates him before Arthur and the other knights. Lanval jumps onto her horse, and they disappear together to Avalon, never to be heard from again.