ENGB31 Lecture Notes - Cross-Dressing, Morgause, Mark Of Cornwall

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Book V: The Book of Sir Tristram of Lyoness
Interlace, episodic, inset tales
Infinite regress of knights
o Lancelot/Tristram/Palom ideas/Lamerok/La Cote Male Tayle/
Compare to Bédier‟s version. What are the effects of any changes?
What des Malory seem most interested in?
o Unlike Bédier, using a potion for love, this version is about
Tristam and Iseult truly falling in love naturally
o Different presentation of King Mark
Not nice, mean
Only marries Iseult, not because of love, because of
sheer petty (jealous of Tristam)
Complete coward who doesn‟t put any defense at all
“He slithered off his horse when Lancelot
Mark functions like the dragon and threatens the
Laid Cornwall to waste by not being able to
defend it
o Tristam and Iseult end up in Lancelot‟s castle not in the forest
o Lancelot writes a letter to Tristam telling him that he has
betrade Iseult; also a betrayal of the men-friendship
o Everyone supports Tristam, their love is not antisocial
o Lancelot and King Mark endorse the love between Tristam and
o Toward the end,
“[Y]ou will bring shame upon me. you are now the most
honoured knight in the land, and were you absent form
the feast, would not all the lords and ladies at the court
say: „How now? Where is our noble Sir Tristram? See
how he hides in his castle with his lady, passing his
time in jousting and hawking when he should be at the
feast, in order that we may all see and acknowledge
him. Is it not a shame that Queen Iseult was ever born,
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