Table of Contents for Le Morte D'Arthur

BOOK I 1(48)
I. How Uther Pendragon sent for the duke of Cornwall and Igraine his wife, and of their departing suddenly again
II. How Uther Pendragon made war on the duke of Cornwall, and how by the mean of Merlin he lay by the duchess and gat Arthur
III. Of the birth of King Arthur and of his nurture
IV. Of the death of King Uther Pendragon
V. How Arthur was chosen king, and of wonders and marvels of a sword taken out of a stone by the said Arthur
VI. How King Arthur pulled out the sword divers times
VII. How King Arthur was crowned, and how he made officers
VIII. How King Arthur held in Wales, at a Pentecost, a great feast, and what kings and lords came to his feast
IX. Of the first war that King Arthur had, and how he won the field
X. How Merlin counselled King Arthur to send for King Ban and King Bors, and of their counsel taken for the war
XI. Of a great tourney made by King Arthur and the two kings Ban and Bors, and how they went over the sea
XII. How eleven kings gathered a great host against King Arthur
XIII. Of a dream of the King with the Hundred Knights
XIV. How the eleven kings with their host fought against Arthur and his host, and many great feats of the war
XV. Yet of the same battle
XVI. Yet more of the same battle
XVII. Yet more of the same battle, and how it was ended by Merlin
XVIII. How King Arthur, King Ban, and King Bors rescued King Leodegrance, and other incidents
XIX. How King Arthur rode to Carlion, and of his dream, and how he saw the questing beast
XX. How King Pellinore took Arthur's horse and followed the questing beast, and how Merlin met with Arthur
XXI. How Ulfius impeached Queen Igraine, Arthur's mother, of treason; and how a knight came and desired to have the death of his master revenged
XXII. How Griflet was made knight, and jousted with a knight
XXIII. How twelve knights came from Rome and asked truage for this land of Arthur, and how Arthur fought with a knight
XXIV. How Merlin saved Arthur's life, and threw an enchantment on King Pellinore and made him to sleep
XXV. How Arthur by the mean of Merlin gat Excalibur his sword of the Lady of the Lake
XXVI. How tidings came to Arthur that King Rience had overcome eleven kings, and how he desired Arthur's beard to trim his mantle
XXVII. How all the children were sent for that were born on May-day, and how Mordred was saved
BOOK II 49(30)
I. Of a damosel which came girt with a sword for to find a man of such virtue to draw it out of the scabbard
II. How Balin, arrayed like a poor knight, pulled out the sword, which afterward was the cause of his death
III. How the Lady of the Lake demanded the knight's head that had won the sword, or the maiden's head
IV. How Merlin told the adventure of this damosel
V. How Balin was pursued by Sir Lanceor, knight of Ireland, and how he jousted and slew him
VI. How a damosel, which was love to Lanceor, slew herself for love, and how Balin met with his brother Balan
VII. How a dwarf reproved Balin for the death of Lanceor, and how King Mark of Cornwall found them, and made a tomb over them
VIII. How Merlin prophesied that two the best knights of the world should fight there, which were Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram
IX. How Balin and his brother, by the counsel of Merlin, took King Rience and brought him to King Arthur
X. How King Arthur had a battle against Nero and King Lot of Orkney, and how King Lot was deceived by Merlin, and how twelve kings were slain
XI. Of the interment of twelve kings, and of the prophecy of Merlin, and how Balin should give the dolorous stroke
XII. How a sorrowful knight came before Arthur, and how Balin fetched him, and how that knight was slain by a knight invisible
XIII. How Balin and the damosel met with a knight which was in likewise slain, and how the damosel bled for the custom of a castle
XIV. How Balin met with that knight named Garlon at a feast, and there he slew him to have his blood to heal therewith the son of his host
XV. How Balin fought with King Pellam, and how his sword brake, and how he gat a spear wherewith he smote the dolorous stroke
XVI. How Balin was delivered by Merlin, and saved a knight that would have slain himself for love
XVII. How that knight slew his love and a knight lying by her, and after, how he slew himself with his own sword, and how Balin rode toward a castle where he lost his life
XVIII. How Balin met with his brother Balan, and how each of them slew other unknown, till they were wounded to death
XIX. How Merlin buried them both in one tomb, and of Balin's sword
BOOK III 79(23)
I. How King Arthur took a wife, and wedded Guenever, daughter to Leodegrance, King of the Land of Cameliard, with whom he had the Round Table
II. How the Knights of the Round Table were ordained and their sieges blessed by the Bishop of Canterbury
III. How a poor man riding upon a lean mare desired King Arthur to make his son knight
IV. How Sir Tor was known for son of King Pellinore, and how Gawaine was made knight
V. How at feast of the wedding of King Arthur to Guenever, a white hart came into the hall, and thirty couple hounds, and how a brachet pinched the hart which was taken away
VI. How Sir Gawaine rode for to fetch again the hart, and how two brethren fought each against other for the hart
VII. How the hart was chased into a castle and there slain, and how Sir Gawaine slew a lady
VIII. How four knights fought against Gawaine and Gaheris, and how they were overcome, and their lives saved at request of four ladies
IX. How Sir Tor rode after the knight with the brachet, and of his adventure by the way
X. How Sir Tor found the brachet with a lady, and how a knight assailed him for the said brachet
XI. How Sir Tor overcame the knight, and how he lost his head at the request of a lady
XII. How King Pellinore rode after the lady and the knight that led her away, and how a lady desired help of him, and how he fought with two knights for that lady, of whom he slew the one at the first stroke
XIII. How King Pellinore gat the lady and brought her to Camelot to the court of King Arthur
XIV. How on the way he heard two knights, as he lay by night in a valley, and of their adventures
XV. How when he was come to Camelot he was sworn upon a book to tell the truth of his quest
BOOK IV 102(47)
I. How Merlin was assotted and doted on one of the ladies of the lake, and how he was shut in a rock under a stone and there died
II. How five kings came into this land to war against King Arthur, and what counsel Arthur had against them
III. How King Arthur had ado with them and overthrew them, and slew the five kings and made the remnant to flee
IV. How the battle was finished or he came, and how King Arthur founded an abbey where the battle was
V. How Sir Tor was made knight of the Round Table, and how Bagdemagus was displeased
VI. How King Arthur, King Uriens, and Sir Accolon of Gaul, chased an hart, and of their marvelous adventures
VII. How Arthur took upon him to fight to be delivered out of prison, and also for to deliver twenty knights that were in prison
VIII. How Accolon found himself by a well, and he took upon him to do battle against Arthur
IX. Of the battle between King Arthur and Accolon
X. How King Arthur's sword that he fought with brake, and how he recovered of Accolon his own sword Excalibur, and overcame his enemy
XI. How Accolon confessed the treason of Morgan le Fay, King Arthur's sister, and how she would have done slay him
XII. How Arthur accorded the two brethren, and delivered the twenty knights, and how Sir Accolon died
XIII. How Morgan would have slain Sir Uriens her husband, and how Sir Uwaine her son saved him
XIV. How Queen Morgan le Fay made great sorrow for the death of Accolon, and how she stole away the scabbard from Arthur
XV. How Morgan le Fay saved a knight that should have been drowned, and how King Arthur returned home again
XVI. How the Damosel of the Lake saved King Arthur from a mantle that should have burnt him
XVII. How Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine met with twelve fair damosels, and how they complained on Sir Marhaus
XVIII. How Sir Marhaus jousted with Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine, and overthrew them both
XIX. How Sir Marhaus, Sir Gawaine, and Sir Uwaine met three damosels, and each of them took one
XX. How a knight and a dwarf strove for a lady
XXI. How King Pelleas suffered himself to be taken prisoner because he would have a sight of his lady, and how Sir Gawaine promised him to get to him the love of his lady
XXII. How Sir Gawaine came to the Lady Ettard, and how Sir Pelleas found them sleeping
XXIII. How Sir Pelleas loved no more Ettard by means of the Damosel of the Lake, whom he loved ever after
XXIV. How Sir Marhaus rode with the damosel, and how he came to the Duke of the South Marches
XXV. How Sir Marhaus fought with the duke and his four sons and made them to yield them
XXVI. How Sir Uwaine rode with the damosel of sixty year of age, and how he gat the prize at tourneying
XXVII. How Sir Uwaine fought with two knights and overcame them
XXVIII. How at the year's end all three knights with their three damosels met at the fountain
BOOK V 149(26)
I. How twelve aged ambassadors of Rome came to King Arthur to demand truage for Britain
II. How the Kings and lords promised to King Arthur aid and help against the Romans
III. How King Arthur held a parliament at York, and how he ordained the realm should be governed in his absence
IV. How King Arthur being shipped and lying in his cabin had a marvellous dream and of the exposition thereof
V. How a man of the country told to him of a marvellous giant, and how he fought and conquered him
VI. How King Arthur sent Sir Gawaine and other to Lucius, and how they were assailed and escaped with worship
VII. How Lucius sent certain spies in a bushment for to have taken his knights being prisoners, and how they were letted
VIII. How a senator told to Lucius of their discomfiture, and also of the great battle between Arthur and Lucius
IX. How Arthur, after he had achieved the battle against the Romans, entered into Almaine, and so into Italy
X. Of a battle done by Sir Gawaine against a Saracen, which after was yielden and became Christian
XI. How the Saracens came out of a wood for to rescue their beasts, and of a great battle
XII. How Sir Gawaine returned to King Arthur with his prisoners, and how the King won a city, and how he was crowned Emperor
BOOK VI 175(34)
I. How Sir Launcelot and Sir Lionel departed from the court, and how Sir Lionel left him sleeping and was taken
II. How Sir Ector followed for to seek Sir Launcelot, and how he was taken by Sir Turquine
III. How four queens found Launcelot sleeping, and how by enchantment he was taken and led into a castle
IV. How Sir Launcelot was delivered by the mean of a damosel
V. How a knight found Sir Launcelot lying in his leman's bed, and how Sir Launcelot fought with the knight
VI. How Sir Launcelot was received of King Bagdemagus' daughter, and how he made his complaint to her father
VII. How Sir Launcelot behaved him in a tournament, and how he met with Sir Turquine leading Sir Gaheris
VIII. How Sir Launcelot and Sir Turquine fought together
IX. How Sir Turquine was slain, and how Sir Launcelot bade Sir Gaheris deliver all the prisoners
X. How Sir Launcelot rode with a damosel and slew a knight that distressed all ladies and also a villain that kept a bridge
XI. How Sir Launcelot slew two giants, and made a castle free
XII. How Sir Launcelot rode disguised in Sir Kay's harness, and how he smote down a knight
XIII. How Sir Launcelot jousted against four knights of the Round Table and overthrew them
XIV. How Sir Launcelot followed a brachet into a castle, where he found a dead knight, and how he after was required of a damosel to heal her brother
XV. How Sir Launcelot came into the Chapel Perilous and gat there of a dead corpse a piece of the cloth and a sword
XVI. How Sir Launcelot at the request of a lady recovered a falcon, by which he was deceived
XVII. How Sir Launcelot overtook a knight which chased his wife to have slain her, and how he said to him
XVIII. How Sir Launcelot came to King Arthur's Court, and how there were recounted all his noble feats and acts
BOOK VII 209(69)
I. How Beaumains came to King Arthur's Court and demanded three petitions of King Arthur
II. How Sir Launcelot and Sir Gawaine were wroth because Sir Kay mocked Beaumains, and of a damosel which desired a knight to fight for a lady
III. How Beaumains desired the battle, and how it was granted to him, and how he desired to be made knight of Sir Launcelot
IV. How Beaumains departed, and how he gat of Sir Kay a spear and a shield, and how he jousted with Sir Launcelot
V. How Beaumains told to Sir Launcelot his name, and how he was dubbed knight of Sir Launcelot, and after overtook the damosel
VI. How Beaumains fought and slew two knights at a passage
VII. How Beaumains fought with the Knight of the Black Launds, and fought with him till he fell down and died
VIII. How the brother of the knight that was slain met with Beaumains, and fought with Beaumains till he was yielden
IX. How the damosel again rebuked Beaumains, and would not suffer him to sit at her table, but called him kitchen boy
X. How the third brother, called the Red Knight, jousted and fought against Beaumains, and how Beaumains overcame him
XI. How Sir Beaumains suffered great rebukes of the damosel, and he suffered it patiently
XII. How Beaumains fought with Sir Persant of Inde, and made him to be yielden
XIII. Of the goodly communication between Sir Persant and Beaumains, and how he told him that his name was Sir Gareth
XIV. How the lady that was besieged had word from her sister how she had brought a knight to fight for her, and what battles he had achieved
XV. How the damosel and Beaumains came to the siege, and came to a sycamore tree, and there Beaumains blew a horn, and then the Knight of the Red Launds came to fight with him
XVI. How the two knights met together, and of their talking, and how they began their battle
XVII. How after long fighting Beaumains overcame the knight and would have slain him, but at the request of the lords he saved his life, and made him to yield him to the lady
XVIII. How the knight yielded him, and how Beaumains made him to go unto King Arthur's court, and to cry Sir Launcelot mercy
XIX. How Beaumains came to the lady, and when he came to the castle the gates were closed against him, and of the words that the lady said to him
XX. How Sir Beaumains rode after to rescue his dwarf, and came into the castle where he was
XXI. How Sir Gareth, otherwise called Beaumains, came to the presence of his lady, and how they took acquaintance, and of their love
XXII. How at night came an armed knight, and fought with Sir Gareth, and he, sore hurt in the thigh, smote off the knight's head
XXIII. How the said knight came again the next night and was beheaded again, and how at the feast of Pentecost all the knights that Sir Gareth had overcome came and yielded them to King Arthur
XXIV. How King Arthur pardoned them, and demanded of them where Sir Gareth was
XXV. How the Queen of Orkney came to this feast of Pentecost, and Sir Gawaine and his brethren came to ask her blessing
XXVI. How King Arthur sent for the Lady Lionesse, and how she let cry a tourney at her castle, whereas came many knights
XXVII. How King Arthur went to the tournament with his knights, and how the lady received him worshipfully, and how the knights encountered
XXVIII. How the knights bare them in the battle
XXIX. Yet of the said tournament
XXX. How Sir Gareth was espied by the heralds, and how he escaped out of the field
XXXI. How Sir Gareth came to a castle where he was well lodged, and he jousted with a knight and slew him
XXXII. How Sir Gareth fought with a knight that held within his castle thirty ladies, and how he slew him
XXXIII. How Sir Gareth and Sir Gawaine fought each against other, and how they knew each other by the damosel Linet
XXXIV. How Sir Gareth acknowledged that they loved each other to King Arthur, and of the appointment of their wedding
XXXV. Of the Great Royalty, and what officers were made at the feast of the wedding, and of the jousts at the feast
BOOK VIII 278(73)
I. How Sir Tristram de Liones was born, and how his mother died at his birth, wherefore she named him Tristram
II. How the stepmother of Sir Tristram had ordained poison for to have poisoned Sir Tristram
III. How Sir Tristram was sent into France, and had one to govern him named Gouvernail, and how he learned to harp, hawk, and hunt
IV. How Sir Marhaus came out of Ireland for to ask truage of Cornwall, or else he would fight therefore
V. How Tristram enterprized the battle to fight for the truage of Cornwall, and how he was made knight
VI. How Sir Tristram arrived into the Island for to furnish the battle with Sir Marhaus
VII. How Sir Tristram fought against Sir Marhaus and achieved his battle, and how Sir Marhaus fled to his ship
VIII. How Sir Marhaus after that he was arrived in Ireland died of the stroke that Sir Tristram had given him, and how Tristram was hurt
IX. How Sir Tristram was put to the keeping of La Beale Isoud first for to be healed of his wound
X. How Sir Tristram won the degree at a tournament in Ireland, and there made Palamides to bear no more harness in a year
XI. How the queen espied that Sir Tristram had slain her brother Sir Marhaus by his sword, and in what jeopardy he was
XII. How Sir Tristram departed from the king and La Beale Isoud out of Ireland for to come into Cornwall
XIII. How Sir Tristram and King Mark hurted each other for the love of a knight's wife
XIV. How Sir Tristram lay with the lady, and how her husband fought with Sir Tristram
XV. How Sir Bleoberis demanded the fairest lady in King Mark's court, whom he took away, and how he was fought with
XVI. How Sir Tristram fought with two knights of the Round Table
XVII. How Sir Tristram fought with Sir Bleoberis for a lady, and how the lady was put to choice to whom she would go
XVIII. How the lady forsook Sir Tristram and abode with Sir Bleoberis, and how she desired to go to her husband
XIX. How King Mark sent Sir Tristram for La Beale Isoud toward Ireland, and how by fortune he arrived into England
XX. How King Anguish of Ireland was summoned to come to King Arthur's court for treason
XXI. How Sir Tristram rescued a child from a knight, and how Gouvernail told him of King Anguish
XXII. How Sir Tristram fought for Sir Anguish and overcame his adversary, and how his adversary would never yield him
XXIII. How Sir Blamore desired Tristram to slay him, and how Sir Tristram spared him, and how they took appointment
XXIV. How Sir Tristram demanded La Beale Isoud for King Mark, and how Sir Tristram and Isoud drank the love drink
XXV. How Sir Tristram and Isoud were in prison, and how he fought for her beauty, and smote off another lady's head
XXVI. How Sir Tristram fought with Sir Breunor, and at the last smote off his head
XXVII. How Sir Galahad fought with Sir Tristram, and how Sir Tristram yielded him and promised to fellowship with Launcelot
XXVIII. How Sir Launcelot met with Sir Carados bearing away Sir Gawaine, and of the rescue of Sir Gawaine
XXIX. Of the wedding of King Mark to La Beale Isoud, and of Bragwaine her maid, and of Palamides
XXX. How Palamides demanded Queen Isoud, and how Lambegus rode after to rescue her, and of the escape of Isoud
XXXI. How Sir Tristram rode after Palamides, and how he found him and fought with him and by the means of Isoud the battle ceased