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By E. L. Konigsburg

Eleanor of Aquitaine has each cause to be  upset.

For centuries she's been  patiently anticipating her husband, King Henry II, to  meet her in Heaven. fortunately, she's sharing a cloud  with a few outdated acquaintances who knew her whilst she and  Henry governed preferrred. so long as they're jointly, they  might besides gossip approximately outdated times--and quickly all  of Eleanor's adventures within the heart a long time spring  to lifestyles again.

Finally, simply when  they're approximately to renounce on Henry, Eleanor spots  three males floating towards them. in any case this  time, may well one in every of them be Henry?

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24 The Carle sets up courtesy tests for Gawain and his companions, Kay and Baldwin, tests that the latter knights fail. Gawain succeeds through strict adherence to the rules of the game, absolute obedience to the Carle’s demands. Certainly the poet tells us that Gawain’s ‘love was on her lyght’, and he attempts to ‘doun the prevey act’ with her under the Carle’s gaze (454–68). Yet he stops immediately when ordered to do so by the Carle (467–8), and is given the Carle’s daughter as a reward. This typically unnamed female character is never asked if she wishes to sleep with Gawain, but the poet believes that she was happy enough to do so (487–92).

5 In the late Middle English ballad King Arthur and King Cornwall (found only in the sixteenth-century Percy Folio), King Cornwall’s insulting behaviour towards Arthur and the Round Table (he claims to have a better table at home, and Guenevere agrees) leads to a series of oaths, the fulfilment of which will avenge the dishonour. Arthur vows to be ‘ “the bane of Cornwall Kinge” ’ (135), but Gawain, traditionally Arthur’s most loyal and capable knight in English texts, promises only to kidnap Cornwall’s daughter and bring her back to ‘Litle Brittaine’ for his personal pleasure: ‘ “Ile hose her homly to my hurt,/ And with her Ile worke my will” ’ (155–6).

R. Tolkien and E. V. Gordon, rev. by Norman Davis, 2nd edn (Oxford, 1967). 8 Chrétien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances, ed. and trans. D. D. R. Owen (London, 1993). All subsequent references to Chrétien’s poems are to this edition. 9 Trans. and ed. Ross G. Arthur, Three Arthurian Romances: Poems from Medieval France (London, 1996). 10 The poem then descends into fabliau territory when the lady, having been given to Gawain, chooses to ride away with another man: she has already tested Gawain in bed, and is curious about the abilities of other men – as the poet puts it, ‘you know the kind of prowess I mean’ (pp.

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