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Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion by Beatrice Clay

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The KINGS TREASURIES OF LITERATURE

GENERAL EDITOR SIR A.T. QUILLER COUCH

[Illustration: THE LADY OF THE LAKE TELLETH ARTHUR OF THE SWORD EXCALIBUR]

NEW YORK E.P. DUTTON & COMPANY

[Illustration: FIRST AND CHIEF OF ALL THE THREE BEST MOST CHRISTIAN AND WORTHY, KING ARTHUR]

STORIES FROM LE MORTE D'ARTHUR AND THE MABINOGION

RETOLD BY BEATRICE CLAY

LONDON & TORONTO J.M. DENT & SONS Ltd.

SOLE AGENT FOR SCOTLAND THE GRANT EDUCATIONAL CO. LTD. GLASGOW

FIRST EDITION, 1920 REPRINTED, 1922, 1924

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

BOOK I. THE COMING OF ARTHUR

I. OF ARTHUR'S BIRTH; AND HOW HE BECAME KING II. THE ROUND TABLE III. OF THE FINDING OF EXCALIBUR IV. OF THE TREACHERY OF QUEEN MORGAN LE FAY V. HOW THE SCABBARD OF EXCALIBUR WAS LOST VI. MERLIN VII. BALIN AND BALAN

BOOK II. SIR LAUNCELOT

VIII. SIR LAUNCELOT DU LAC IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE CHAPEL PERILOUS X. SIR LAUNCELOT AND THE FALCON

BOOK III. SIR TRISTRAM

XI. OF THE BIRTH OF ST. TRISTRAM XII. HOW TRISTRAM FOUGHT WITH SIR MARHAUS OF IRELAND XIII. THE FAIR ISOLT XIV. HOW KING MARK SENT SIR TRISTRAM TO FETCH HIM A WIFE XV. HOW SIR TRISTRAM AND THE FAIR ISOLT DRANK OF THE MAGIC POTION XVI. OF THE END OF SIR TRISTRAM

BOOK IV. KING ARTHUR'S NEPHEWS

XVII. SIR GAWAIN AND THE LADY XVIII. THE ADVENTURES OF SIR GARETH

BOOK V. SIR GERAINT

XIX. THE ADVENTURES OF GERAINT XX. GERAINT AND ENID

BOOK VI. THE LADY OF THE FOUNTAIN

XXI. THE LADY OF THE FOUNTAIN

BOOK VII. SIR PEREDUR

XXII. THE ADVENTURES OF SIR PEREDUR

BOOK VIII. THE HOLY GRAIL

XXIII. THE COMING OF SIR GALAHAD XXIV. HOW SIR GALAHAD WON THE RED CROSS SHIELD XXV. THE ADVENTURES OF SIR PERCIVALE XXVI. THE ADVENTURES OF SIR BORS XXVII. THE ADVENTURES OF SIR LAUNCELOT XXVIII. HOW SIR LAUNCELOT SAW THE HOLY GRAIL XXIX. THE END OF THE QUEST

BOOK IX. THE FAIR MAID OF ASTOLAT

XXX. THE FAIR MAID OF ASTOLAT

BOOK X. QUEEN GUENEVERE

XXXI. HOW MORDRED PLOTTED AGAINST SIR LAUNCELOT XXXII. THE TRIAL OF THE QUEEN XXXIII. HOW SIR GAWAIN DEFIED SIR LAUNCELOT XXXIV. HOW KING ARTHUR AND SIR GAWAIN WENT TO FRANCE

BOOK XI. THE MORTE D'ARTHUR

XXXV. MORDRED THE TRAITOR XXXVI. THE BATTLE IN THE WEST XXXVII. THE PASSING OF ARTHUR XXXVIII. THE DEATH OF SIR LAUNCELOT AND OF THE QUEEN

INTRODUCTION

Among the stories of world wide renown, not the least stirring are those that have gathered about the names of national heroes. The ├ćneid , the Nibelungenlied , the Chanson de Roland , the Morte D'Arthur , they are not history, but they have been as National Anthems to the races, and their magic is not yet dead.

In olden times our forefathers used to say that the world had seen nine great heroes, three heathen, three Jewish, and three Christian; among the Christian heroes was British Arthur, and of none is the fame greater. Even to the present day, his name lingers in many widely distant places. In the peninsula of Gower, a huge slab of rock, propped up on eleven short pillars, is still called Arthur's Stone; the lofty ridge which looks down upon Edinburgh bears the name of Arthur's Seat; and strangest, perhaps, of all in the Franciscan Church of far away Innsbr├╝ck, the finest of the ten statues of ancestors guarding the tomb of the Emperor Maximilian I. is that of King Arthur. There is hardly a country in Europe without its tales of the Warrior King; and yet of any real Arthur history tells us little, and that little describes, not the knightly conqueror, but the king of a broken people, struggling for very life.

More than fifteen centuries ago, this country, now called England, was inhabited by a Celtic race known as the Britons, a warlike people, divided into numerous tribes constantly at war with each other... Continue reading book >>




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