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Arthurian Fan Fiction. Alex Mueller Adam Overbay Christine Sands Kate Unruh. Knights Who Write. The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle (ca. 1450) Ye, Sir, make good chere; Lett make your hors redy To ryde into straunge contrey; And evere wheras ye mete owther man

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arthurian fan fiction

Arthurian Fan Fiction

Alex Mueller

Adam Overbay

Christine Sands

Kate Unruh

knights who write
Knights Who Write

The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle

(ca. 1450)

Ye, Sir, make good chere;

Lett make your hors redy

To ryde into straunge contrey;

And evere wheras ye mete owther man

or woman, in faye,

Ask of them whate they therto saye.

And I shalle also ryde anoder waye

And enquere of every man and woman, and get whatt I may

Of every man and woman answere,

And in a boke I shalle them wryte. (182-90)

a round table writing workshop
A Round Table Writing Workshop

The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle

(ca. 1450)

Syr Gawen had goten answerys so many

That had made a boke greatt, wytterly;

To the courte he cam agayn.

By that was the kyng comyn withe hys boke,

And eyther on others pamplett dyd loke. (207-11)

kate unruh as guinevere guinevere s lament
Kate Unruh as GuinevereGuinevere’s Lament

O, weep for me my blessèd Mother                                       

For I mourn my sweet Lancelot’s death

I fear to ever love another

And now gone is my only life’s breath

So forgive me mother, I have sinned

Please forgive your daughter her great strife

My bold transgressions do I rescind

And to you will I devote my life!

So many men fell this evil day                                               

So many knights that I had cherished

My Lancelot, Bevidere, and Kay

All on the cold earth they lay perished

So Gawain too, his life was taken

But valiant Arthur avenged us all

And Mordred his ranks had forsaken

But on him did Arthur’s rage befall!

  • Arthur advanced on Mordred with ease                              
  • But Mordred that coward fought dirty
  • His sword-severed head Arthur did seize
  • But fatal wounds he had half thirty
  • And so rushed to Avalon was he
  • That his dire wounds might be all healed
  • By that Faery, Morgan is called she,
  • So Excalibur he’ll again wield!

O, weep for me, Virgin Mother blessed,                              

O, weep for your daughter, Guinevere

For my heart has stopped within my breast

And gone are my king and chevalier

Now to Avalon the king went hence

And my Lancelot went in the ground

For he died bravely in my defense

And King Arthur’s mortal wounds abound!

. . .

Then back to Camelot we did fly

And to the table round we did go

Merrily road we like times gone by

And of our affair no one didst know

For Lord King Arthur has my Reason

But the Knight of the Cart has my Love

Dear Mother I know this is Treason

But I felt your consent from above!

. . .

christine sands as gwendoloena the queen s appearance isolde s trial
Christine Sands as GwendoloenaThe Queen’s Appearance: Isolde’s Trial

“You are truly wise, and in defending my honesty I find you a worthy friend resembling the very virtuous qualities known of Arthur’s court. It is known that you have the ability of foresight, so you are all-knowing. You also have never used your ability to deceive Arthur or any other being, as you are a good and gentle queen.” Isolde looked upon her observers, then continued, “Everyone here has heard the wise and trustworthy queen speak, telling it just as I have; no other beside the leper and my husband has been between my thighs .” Isolde spoke loudly, glancing quickly at Mark to make sure he too believed in her honesty.

“You think I am defending your honesty, fair Isolde? While it is true that I have acknowledged the truth within your oath, I would claim that I did more defending of your  belief in love than in honesty. After all, love is what brings you here in front of us all and begs you to reconcile with your husband and his barons.” Gwendoloena turned to King Arthur, “Wouldn’t you agree, my lord? There is nothing so strong as devoted and undying love.”

adam overbay as bedivere the tale of trwstan and ilsdwn
Adam Overbay as BedivereThe Tale of Trwstan and Ilsdwn

Hearing this exchange, Arthur was pleased and said to Bedwyr, “You are wise in both words and war, good Bedwyr, and would make a fine mentor for the child. The court of Mawrchas become weak with Norman courtesy. I bid you to take the boy as your squire, and teach him the ways of our court. Make him both warlike and wise, and aid him on whatever quest he may be about.”

Bedwyrsaid, “As you wish it, my liege. I will raise him to be a worthy knight.”

So it was that Bedwyrtook the boy as a squire, and taught him the proper ways of the Arthur’s court. When Bedwyr and Kei were sent out on errands and quests for the King, Trwstandid accompany them as well.

[Missing text, assumed to be enumerations of the people at Arthur’s Court.]

There came a time when Mwrholt, an Irish giant, threatened the court of Arthur and demanded tributes of children and livestock from the local lords as well as the peasants. Arthur sent Bedwyr and Kei to the court of Mwrholtto settle the dispute. Together, with Trwstan, they rode seven days into the wilderness seeking the giant’s hall

At dusk on the seventh day they came to a house in the woods and a woman ran out to meet them. Before she could embrace the neck of Kei, he thrust a branch between her hands, and she twisted it into a twig, saying, “Woman, had you squeezed my neck, I would never love another again!” Then when she saw Trwstan, she fell to her knees and wept, saying “You had best turn back!”

Bedwyrinquired of her, “Why would you say such a thing? What peril do you think us in?”

The woman answered, “The giant Mwrholthas carried away and killed twenty-three of my sons and he shall do the same to your young squire!”

Kei replied, “By the hand of my friend, he will do no such thing! Tell us where this giant keeps his Hall and we will avenge your twenty-three sons and return to you any livestock he has taken as well.” So the woman did this, and the three companions rode to the court of Mwrholt.

the value of role play
The Value of Role Play

“A relativistic attitude toward scholarly arguments (for example, ‘everyone is entitled to his own opinion’) is harder to maintain, I would argue, once a student has committed to shaping a fictional voice in a particular way.”

Moira Fitzgibbons, ‘“Cross-voiced’ Assignments and the Critical ‘I,’” in Teaching Chaucer, ed. Gail Ashton (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 65-80, at 74.