Morgause is an evil witch and one of Arthur's half-sisters. She is sister to Morgan Le Fay and Queen Elaine (different from the Elaine who seduces Lancelot), and mother to Gawaine, Gaheris, Gareth, Agravaine and Mordred. She seduces Arthur when he is very young and gives birth to his son, Mordred. Morgause is eventually murdered by her own son Agravaine after he finds her in bed with a young knight.
Queen Morgause Quotes in The Once and Future King
The The Once and Future King quotes below are all either spoken by Queen Morgause or refer to Queen Morgause. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ace Books edition of The Once and Future King published in 1987.).
Book 2, Chapter 13 Quotes
The way to use a Spancel was this. You had to find the man you loved while he was asleep. Then you had to throw it over his head without waking him, and tie it in a bow…Queen Morgause stood in the moonlight, drawing the Spancel through her fingers.
Queen Morgause Character Timeline in The Once and Future King
The timeline below shows where the character Queen Morgause appears in The Once and Future King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 3
Book 2, Chapter 5
Book 2, Chapter 7
Book 2, Chapter 13
...England the next day to be married. Inside the castle, King Lot—returned from battle—sleeps while Morgause stands silently at the window holding a strip in her hands. She is to go... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 14
Book 4, Chapter 4
Book 3, Chapter 9
...knighthood as a game—Arthur thinks this is because they’re so desperate to win their mother Morgause’s attention and love. Lancelot brushes off King Arthur’s concerns and proudly declares that “The Round... (full context)