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_Édition d'Élite_


Historical Tales

The Romance of Reality

By

CHARLES MORRIS


_Author of "Half-Hours with the Best American Authors," "Tales
from the Dramatists," etc._


IN FIFTEEN VOLUMES

Volume XIV


King Arthur

2


J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY

PHILADELPHIA AND LONDON


Copyright, 1891, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.

Copyright, 1904, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.

Copyright, 1908, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY.


[Illustration: CONWAY CASTLE.]




CONTENTS TO VOLUME II.


BOOK VIII.

TRISTRAM AND ISOLDE AT JOYOUS GARD.

CHAPTER. PAGE.

I.--THE TREACHERY OF KING MARK 9

II.--HOW TRISTRAM BEFOOLED DINADAN 23

III.--ON THE ROAD TO LONAZEP 36

IV.--HOW PALAMIDES FARED AT THE RED CITY 46

V.--THE TOURNAMENT AT LONAZEP 55

VI.--THE SECOND DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT 70

VII.--THE WOES OF TWO LOVERS 83

VIII.--THE RIVALRY OF TRISTRAM AND PALAMIDES 92


BOOK IX.

THE QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL.

I.--THE ENCHANTED CASTLE OF KING PELLAM 117

II.--THE MARVEL OF THE FLOATING SWORD 125

III.--HOW GALAHAD GOT HIS SHIELD 141

IV.--THE TEMPTATION OF SIR PERCIVALE 155

V.--THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF SIR BORS 173

VI.--THE ADVENTURE OF THE MAGIC SHIP 195

VII.--HOW LANCELOT SAW THE SANGREAL 207

VIII.--THE DEEDS OF THE THREE CHOSEN KNIGHTS 217


BOOK X.

THE LOVE OF LANCELOT AND GUENEVER.

I.--THE POISONING OF SIR PATRISE 226

II.--THE LILY MAID OF ASTOLAT 239

III.--HOW ELAINE DIED FOR LOVE 251

IV.--THE CHEVALIER OF THE CART 260


BOOK XI.

THE HAND OF DESTINY.

I.--THE TRAPPING OF THE LION 280

II.--THE RESCUE OF THE QUEEN 288

III.--THE RETURN OF GUENEVER 297

IV.--THE WAR BETWEEN ARTHUR AND LANCELOT 314

V.--THE STING OF THE VIPER 323

VI.--THE PASSING OF ARTHUR 335

VII.--THE DEATH OF LANCELOT AND GUENEVER 339




LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.


KING ARTHUR. VOL. II.

PAGE

CONWAY CASTLE _Frontispiece._

ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT, CORNWALL 10

THE ROUND TABLE OF KING ARTHUR 16

MARRIAGE OF SIR TRISTRAM 24

THE ASSAULT OF SIR TRISTRAM 42

SIR TRISTRAM AT JOYOUS GARD 55

THE DEPARTURE 93

ON THE QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL 118

JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA 134

OATH OF KNIGHTHOOD 144

SIR GALAHAD FIGHTING THE SEVEN SINS 153

AN OLD AND HALF-RUINED CHAPEL 183

THE MAGIC SHIP 198

SIR GALAHAD'S QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL 217

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL 225

"YOU ARE WELCOME, BOTH," SAID SIR BERNARD 241

ELAINE 259

SIR LANCELOT IN THE QUEEN'S CHAMBER 287

THE TOWER OF LONDON 324

THE OLD KITCHEN OF GLASTONBURY ABBEY 345

* * * * *




KING ARTHUR

AND THE

KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE.




BOOK VIII.

TRISTRAM AND ISOLDE AT JOYOUS GARD




CHAPTER I.

THE TREACHERY OF KING MARK.


The story of Tristram's valorous deeds, and of the high honor in which
he was held at Camelot, in good time came to Cornwall, where it filled
King Mark's soul with revengeful fury, and stirred the heart of La Belle
Isolde to the warmest love. The coward king, indeed, in his jealous
hatred of his nephew, set out in disguise for England, with murderous
designs against Tristram should an opportunity occur.

Many things happened to him there, and he was brought into deep
disgrace, but the story of his adventures may be passed over in brief
review, lest the reader should find it wearisome.

Not far had he ridden on English soil before he met with Dinadan, who,
in his jesting humor, soon played him a merry trick. For he arrayed
Dagonet, the king's fool, in a suit of armor, which he made Mark believe
was Lancelot's. Thus prepared, Dagonet rode to meet him and challenged
him to a joust. But King Mark, on seeing what he fancied was Lancelot's
shield, turned and fled at headlong speed, followed by the fool and his
comrades with hunting cries and laughter till the forest rang with the
noise.

Escaping at length from this merry chase, the trembling dastard made his
way to Camelot, where he hoped some chance would arise to aid him in his
murderous designs on Tristram. But a knight of his own train, named Sir
Amant, had arrived there before him, and accused him of treason to the
king, without telling who he was.

"This is a charge that must be settled by wager of battle," said King
Arthur. "The quarrel is between you; you must decide it with sword and
spear."

In the battle that followed, Sir Amant, by unlucky fortune, was run
through, and fell from his horse with a mortal wound.

"Heaven has decided in my favor," cried King Mark. "But here I shall no
longer stay, for it does not seem a safe harbor for honest knights."

He thereupon rode away, fearing that Dinadan would reveal his name. Yet
not far had he gone before Lancelot came in furious haste after him.

[Illustration: ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT, CORNWALL.]

"Turn again, thou recreant king and knight," he loudly called. "To
Arthur's court you must return, whether it is your will or not. We know
you, villain. Sir Amant has told your name and purpose; and, by my
faith, I am strongly moved to kill you on the spot."

"Fair sir," asked King Mark, "what is your name?"

"My name is Lancelot du Lake. Defend yourself, dog and dastard."

On hearing this dreaded name, and seeing Lancelot riding upon him with
spear in rest, King Mark tumbled like a sack of grain from his saddle to
the earth, crying in terror, "I yield me, Sir Lancelot! I yield me!" and
begging piteously for mercy.

"Thou villain!" thundered Lancelot, "I would give much to deal thee one
buffet for the love of Tristram and Isolde. Mount, dog, and follow me."

Mark hastened to obey, and was thus brought like a slave back to
Arthur's court, where he made such prayers and promises that in the end
the king forgave him, but only on condition that he would enter into
accord with Tristram, and remove from him the sentence of banishment.
All this King Mark volubly promised and swore to abide by, though a
false heart underlay his fair words. But Tristram gladly accepted the
proffered truce with his old enemy, for his heart burned with desire to
see his lady love again.

Soon afterwards Dinadan, with Dagonet and his companions, came to court,
and great was the laughter and jesting at King Mark when they told the
story of his flight from Arthur's fool.

"This is all very well for you stay-at-homes," cried Mark; "but even a
fool in Lancelot's armor is not to be played with. As it was, Dagonet
paid for his masquerade, for he met a knight who brought him like a log
to the ground, and all these laughing fellows with him."

"Who was that?" asked King Arthur.

"I can tell you," said Dinadan. "It was Sir Palamides. I followed him
through the forest, and a lively time we had in company."

"Aha! then you have had adventures."

"Rare ones. We met a knight before Morgan le Fay's castle. You know the
custom there, to let no knight pass without a hard fight for it. This
stranger made havoc with the custom, for he overthrew ten of your
sister's knights, and killed some of them. He afterwards tilted with
Palamides for offering to help him, and gave that doughty fellow a sore
wound."

"Who was this mighty champion? Not Lancelot or Tristram?" asked the
king, looking around.

"On our faith we had no hand in it," they both answered.

"It was the knight next to them in renown," answered Dinadan.

"Lamorak of Wales?"

"No less. And, my faith, a sturdy fellow he is. I left him and Palamides
the best of friends."

"I hope, then, to see the pair of them at next week's tournament," said
the king.

Alas for Lamorak! Better for him far had he kept away from that
tournament.



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