the lily maid of astolat

The Lady of Shalott by John Atkinson Grimshaw

“Most noble knight, Sir Launcelot, now hath death made us two at debate for your love. I was your lover, that men called the Fair Maiden of Astolat; therefore unto all ladies I make my moan, yet pray for my soul and bury me at least, and offer ye my mass-penny:  this is my last request. And a clean maiden I died, I take God to witness:  pray for my soul, Sir Launcelot, as thou art peerless." 

- Letter from Elaine of Astolat to her lover, Launcelot, found by King Arthur upon her arrival at Camelot. Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, Book XVII Chapter XX