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Courtesy and Service in The Tale of Sir Gareth

  • Ruth Lexton
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Abstract

Lancelot’s elegy for Gareth in the final books of the Morte Darthur portrays him as a knight of the court whose martial skill is turned to the service of others: “He was passyng noble and trew, curteyse and jan- till and well-condicionde” (Works, 1199.19–20). The two knights share the combination of gracious manners and prowess in battle that attests to their chivalry. At the end of the Morte, Ector’s threnody for Lancelot employs similar language:

And thou were the curtest knyght that ever bare shelde! And thou were the truest frende to thy lovar that ever bestrade hors … and thou were the kyndest man that ever strake wyth swerde. And thou were the godelyest persone that every came emonge press of knyghtes, and thou was the mek- est man and the jentyllest that ever ete in halle emonge ladyes.

(Works, 1259.12–19)

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Courteous Behavior Round Table Domestic Service Table Manner Royal Court 
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