queen guenevere

Early Poems of William Morris.
Illustrated by Florence Harrison.
New York
Dodge Publishing Company
214-220 East Twenty-Third Street.

“… In that garden fair
Came Launcelot walking ; this is true, the kiss
Wherewith we kissed in meeting that spring day,
I scare dare talk of the remember’d bliss.”

-The Defence of Guenevere, p.8.


It’s May! It’s May!
The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev'ryone goes
Blissfully astray.
It’s here, It’s here!
That shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts
Merrily appear!
It’s May! It’s May!
That gorgeous holiday
When ev'ry maiden prays that her lad
Will be a cad!
It’s mad! It’s gay!
A libelous display!
Those dreary vows that ev'ryone takes,
Ev'ryone breaks.
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes
The lusty month of May!

Lancelot came walking down through the great hall. On his head he wore a crown of splendid red roses that stood out beautifully against his fine blond hair; and yet it was August, when it is not natural for roses to last long. But the story insists that for Lancelot, as long as he lived in the Lake, no morning ever came, in summer or winter, when he had to go without a garland of fresh red roses for his hair, no matter how early he arose; the only exceptions were Friday and the eve of the great feasts and all of Lent. On all other days, Lancelot had a new crown of roses every morning; yet he could never watch closely enough to make out who it was that brought it to him, even though many times he lay in wait to find out. But once the two boys had come to join him, there was no morning, however early he arose and received his garland, when he did not take it apart and make three out of it and in that way share it with them.

‘The Old French Arthurian Vulgate and Post-Vulgate in Translation’, Lancelot Part 1 translated by Samuel N. Rosenberg

Does anyone else remember that Baby Lance spent a lot of time living among fairies and wearing nature-defying flower crowns (unless he had to go without) and just generally being a medieval Little Lord Fauntleroy? Because I do.

Also making flower crowns for his wee cousins, though he didn’t know they were cousins yet

Thankfully, Lance’s aesthetic at this stage appears to have been a little less ‘sulky murder children in flower crowns’ than his cousins (as in last quote) but he certainly had his fair share of violent outbursts. Mind you, interpretations of Lance’s violence vary both between sources and between paragraphs, so I do also love this quote:

“No one could have found fault with any part of him, but people who saw him did agree that, if his chest had been a bit less fully developed, he would have been that much more attractive and appealing. Later on, the worthy Queen Guenevere, who had more to say on the subject than others, said that God had not given him a chest in any way too big or expansive, for it suited his great heart, which would have burst had it not been lodged in a large enough enclosure. ‘And if I were God,’ she said, ‘I would not have made Lancelot any smaller or any bigger.’

Ok number 1) awwww, Lance’s big heart. 

Number 2) Guinevere ‘who had more to say on the subject than others’- what was she just constantly nonchalantly dropping it into conversation. ‘Oh and Sir Lancelot you really must come and play me at chess sometime, oh and while we’re on the subject, may I complement you again on that excellent chess-t of yours, jolly good work.’ *waggles eyebrows meaningfully at said flushing knight*

Number 3) ‘I would not have made Lancelot any smaller or any bigger’. Gwen you little… !!! Mind you, I believe I’ve said before that Lance would argue that, whether jousting in the lists or in real life, it’s not the size that’s important, it’s how you use it.

Lastly though I believe this alone is enough evidence for the continued appearance of habitual (as in not just as a prize) flower crown-wearing Lancelot right into his adult years.

(After all, why else are there so many roses in this picture, if they’re not about to sit and make rose garlands together?)

  • Galehaut: *fresh from conquering 30 kings* Arthur ur a weakass -- I'll give you one year to bulk up and be ready to fight me *ollies out*
  • Arthur: Damn I gotta step up my game, get me some hella knights
  • Lancelot: ∠( ᐛ 」∠)_
  • Arthur: Yeeessss
  • *one year later*
  • Galehaut: Alright I'm here to kick your ass and take your crown Arthur McChickenlegs
  • Lancelot: I'mma let you finish but first you gotta fight me
  • Galehaut: ⊂(♡⌂♡)⊃ sign me the FUCK up 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 good shit go౦ԁ sHit👌 thats ✔ some good👌👌shit right👌👌th 👌 ere👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 👌👌Good shit
  • Galehaut: I surrender
  • Lancelot: oh rad
  • *later*
  • Arthur: LMAO how that dick taste?
  • Galehaut: IDK ask your Queen
  • Arthur: ಠ▃ಠ
  • Guenevere: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Tales of The Round Table, based on the tales in the Book of romance edited by Andrew Lang .
Illustrated by H. J. Ford.
Longmans, Green, and Co.
39, Paternoster Row, London.

Guenevere and Sir Bors

Books: Arthurian Legend

red357 asked:

Hiya, I want to read ‘king arthur’, but there’s dozens of copys and interpritations out there. I was wondering if you had a recommendation on this? An 'original text’ or just a really good copy that still touches all the bases? If not, dont worry :)

The only “original text” of King Arthur would be The History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth (ETA: see note below), which contains the King Arthur story. Prior to that it was mainly Welsh and Breton oral tradition and poetic references, and I think possibly some appearances in Latin texts. There’s also a medieval French text by Chrétien de Troyes which contains some of the more familiar Arthurian legend elements. You can get a condensed version called The Lancelot-Grail ReaderLe Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table by Sir Thomas Malory is a 15th century collection of Arthurian stories. The Once and Future King by T.H. White is probably the most familiar English book of Arthurian tales. It focuses more on the court romances of the de Troyes version of the stories than the more fantastical “historical” version of events. Bernard Cornwell takes a more realistic stab at the story in The Winter King, focusing on elements of the legend that could potentially be true. In other words, sans magic. If you want a Merlin-focused telling of the story, The Pendragon Cycle by Stephen R. Lawhead is supposed to be very good. And, of course, if you want a version focused on the women of Arthurian legend, you can’t beat The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Finally, Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country by Rosalind Miles tells the story from a Guinevere’s point-of-view. :)


lucrezianoin says: Previous texts are Nennius and Annales Cambriae actually, so Nennius would be the “original text” :( (here I put them in chronological order, online free) It’s really impossible to say what an original legend is.
Also if I can, I’d recommend “Idylls of the Queen” by Ann Karr, in my opinion it’s the best arthurian novel there is.

WQA responds: I think I confused Historia Brittonum (Nennius) and Historia Regum Britanniae (Monmouth), so thank you for correcting me. :) This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in Arthurian legend. :)


Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Guenevere in Camelot, 1967.  Costume Designer John Truscott won the Academy Award for his work in the film.  The Queen’s gown took twelve dressmakers over one month to crochet. They then spent another month decorating the dress and eleven-foot train with pearl shells and pumpkin seeds.  The price tag?  $12,000 (in 1967).