ENGL 252 - Notes - Arthurian Romances The Knight of the Cart Saturday 3:33 PM Beginning Arthur has a banquet but an enemy knight(Meleagant comes and

ENGL 252 - Notes - Arthurian Romances The Knight of the...

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Arthur has a banquet, but an enemy knight (Meleagant) comes and challenges any of Arthur's knights to take Guinevere and follow him into the forest to duel in return for POW's Kay, Arthur's Seneschal, asks to quit Arthur's court, but allows himself to be convinced to stay if only Arthur grants him his wish to take Guinevere out after the evil knight They come to a town where a girl takes care of them and tells them of two extremely dangerous ways to get to the queen (the underwater bridge or the sword bridge) Gawain chooses the underwater bridge so the Knight of the Cart goes to the sword bridge where he takes the ford guarding knight prisoner after a fierce fight Gawain decides to follow Kay, but a random knight comes storming out of the forest after a bloodied horse and gawain follows him back into the forest where the mysterious knight rides in a cart (dishonorable) behind a dwarf These men appear to actually be under the ladies orders in order to test the knight of the cart In the middle of the night the knight of the cart walks in on the maiden about to be raped and saves her They don't actually end up sleeping together The knight of the cart then finds a place to stay, but in order to stay there he must sleep with the maiden who lives there Beginning: The lady decides to accompany him along the road and they find the queens comb (hair and all) which the knight of the cart obsesses over Then a knight approaches who loves the lady but is not loved and the lady begs the knight of the cart to defend her…they go to the attacking knights village to fight, but his father refuses to allow it and physically restrains his son. Instead they follow the girl and the knight of the cart The knight of the cart and the girl come to a church where the knight of the cart lifts a stone slab lid of a sarcophogus (thus freeing all the prisoners from the evil land of the evil knight that intially stormed arthur's court) Father and son turn back after hearing about this feat The knight of the cart continues on after the girl turns back and runs into a hunter who invites him to stay the night. The knight of the cart sets out the next day with three of his sons (two are knights) for the sword bridge There first trial is breaking through a barricade held by multiple knights which is done easily After the battle he is taken to a nobles house for lodging, but is asailed by an enemy knight He defeats the enemy knight in single combat, spares him at first (only if he rides in a cart) but ends up letting him fight again with the advantage that the knight of the cart will not move from his spot. The enemy knight is easily defeated again and now a lady on a mule begs for his head (his death), so the knight of the cart finally beheads him Then there is a battle between those of Arthurs kingdom that are trapped in this place and the local army that the knight of the cart rides into and helps win

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