Le Morte d'Arthur Essay

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In response to Dr Muir's remarks I should like to make the following points. First of all, in contracting the battle outside Gaunes, Gauvain refers not to 'his original challenge to Lancelot, after the reconciliation between Arthur and Guinevere', but to his challenge of the preceding day: 'Va t'en leanz en la cité de Gaunes et di a Lancelot del Lac, s'il a tant de hardement en soi qu'il ost deffendre que il mon frere n'oceïst en traïson, je sui prez del prouver encontre son cors que il desloiaument et en traïson l'ocist'. Although Dr Muir is correct in assuming that the word traïson is not used in the original defiance some months prior to the eventual trial by combat, she fails to point out that Gauvain twice repeats the accusal of traïson in establishing the wagers...

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