Historic Tales, Vol 14  (of 15) - The Romance of Reality
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Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15) - The Romance of Reality


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Project Gutenberg's Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15), by Charles Morris This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15) The Romance of Reality Author: Charles Morris Release Date: May 8, 2010 [EBook #32292] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HISTORIC TALES, VOL 14 (OF 15) *** Produced by Christine Aldridge and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net Transcriber's Notes: 1. Minor punctuation errors in original text have been corrected. 2. 16 spelling errors have been corrected a complete list with other notations is shown at the end of this text. 3. Page numbers appear as placed in the original text, however where a new chapter begins in the center of a page the page number has been moved to the chapter head. Édition d'Élite Historical Tales The Romance of Reality By CHARLES MORRIS Author of "Half-Hours with the Best American Authors," "Tales from the Dramatists," etc. IN FIFTEEN VOLUMES Volume XIV King Arthur 2 J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY PHILADELPHIA AND LONDON Copyright, 1891, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY. Copyright, 1904, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY. Copyright, 1908, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY. CONWAY CASTLE. CONTENTS TO VOLUME II. BOOK VIII. TRISTRAM AND ISOLDE AT JOYOUS GARD. CHAPTER. PAGE. I. —THE TREACHERY OF KING MARK 9 II. —HOW TRISTRAM BEFOOLED DINADAN 23 III. —ON THE ROAD TO LONAZEP 36 IV. —HOW PALAMIDES FARED AT THE RED CITY 46 V. —THE TOURNAMENT AT LONAZEP 55 VI. —THE SECOND DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT 70 VII. —THE WOES OF TWO LOVERS 83 VIII. —THE RIVALRY OF TRISTRAM AND PALAMIDES 92 BOOK IX. THE QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL. I. —THE ENCHANTED CASTLE OF KING PELLAM II. —THE MARVEL OF THE FLOATING SWORD III. —HOW GALAHAD GOT HIS SHIELD IV. —THE TEMPTATION OF SIR PERCIVALE V. —THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF SIR BORS VI. —THE ADVENTURE OF THE MAGIC SHIP [Pg i] 117 125 141 155 173 195 VII. —HOW LANCELOT SAW THE SANGREAL VIII. —THE DEEDS OF THE THREE CHOSEN KNIGHTS 207 217 [Pg ii] BOOK X. THE LOVE OF LANCELOT AND GUENEVER. I. —THE POISONING OF SIR PATRISE 226 II. —THE LILY MAID OF ASTOLAT 239 III. —HOW ELAINE DIED FOR LOVE 251 IV. —THE CHEVALIER OF THE CART 260 BOOK XI. THE HAND OF DESTINY . I. —THE TRAPPING OF THE LION II. —THE RESCUE OF THE QUEEN III. —THE RETURN OF GUENEVER IV. —THE WAR BETWEEN ARTHUR AND LANCELOT V. —THE STING OF THE VIPER VI. —THE PASSING OF ARTHUR VII. —THE DEATH OF LANCELOT AND GUENEVER 280 288 297 314 323 335 339 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS. KING ARTHUR. VOL. II. PAGE CONWAY CASTLE Frontispiece. ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT, CORNWALL 10 THE ROUND TABLE OF KING ARTHUR 16 MARRIAGE OF SIR TRISTRAM 24 THE ASSAULT OF SIR TRISTRAM 42 SIR TRISTRAM AT JOYOUS GARD 55 THE DEPARTURE 93 ON THE QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL 118 JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA 134 OATH OF KNIGHTHOOD 144 SIR GALAHAD FIGHTING THE SEVEN SINS 153 AN OLD AND HALF-RUINED CHAPEL 183 THE MAGIC SHIP 198 SIR GALAHAD'S QUEST OF THE HOLY GRAIL 217 SALISBURY CATHEDRAL 225 "YOU ARE WELCOME, BOTH," SAID SIR BERNARD 241 ELAINE 259 SIR LANCELOT IN THE QUEEN'S CHAMBER 287 THE TOWER OF LONDON 324 THE OLD KITCHEN OF GLASTONBURY ABBEY 345 [Pg iii] KING ARTHUR AND THE [Pg 9] KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. BOOK VIII. TRISTRAM AND ISOLDE AT JOYOUS GARD CHAPTER I. THE TREACHERY OF KING MARK. The story of Tristram's valorous deeds, and of the high honor in which he was held at Camelot, in good time came to Cornwall, where it filled King Mark's soul with revengeful fury, and stirred the heart of La Belle Isolde to the warmest love. The coward king, indeed, in his jealous hatred of his nephew, set out in disguise for England, with murderous designs against Tristram should an opportunity occur. Many things happened to him there, and he was brought into deep disgrace, but the story of his adventures may be passed over in brief review, lest the reader should find it wearisome. Not far had he ridden on English soil before he met with Dinadan, who, in his jesting humor, soon played him [Pg 10] a merry trick. For he arrayed Dagonet, the king's fool, in a suit of armor, which he made Mark believe was Lancelot's. Thus prepared, Dagonet rode to meet him and challenged him to a joust. But King Mark, on seeing what he fancied was Lancelot's shield, turned and fled at headlong speed, followed by the fool and his comrades with hunting cries and laughter till the forest rang with the noise. Escaping at length from this merry chase, the trembling dastard made his way to Camelot, where he hoped some chance would arise to aid him in his murderous designs on Tristram. But a knight of his own train, named Sir Amant, had arrived there before him, and accused him of treason to the king, without telling who he was. "This is a charge that must be settled by wager of battle," said King Arthur. "The quarrel is between you; you must decide it with sword and spear." In the battle that followed, Sir Amant, by unlucky fortune, was run through, and fell from his horse with a mortal wound. "Heaven has decided in my favor," cried King Mark. "But here I shall no longer stay, for it does not seem a safe harbor for honest knights." He thereupon rode away, fearing that Dinadan would reveal his name. Yet not far had he gone before Lancelot came in furious haste after him. ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT, CORNWALL. "Turn again, thou recreant king and knight," he loudly called. "To Arthur's court you must return, whether it is your will or not. We know you, villain. Sir Amant has told your name and purpose; and, by my faith, I am [Pg 11] strongly moved to kill you on the spot." "Fair sir," asked King Mark, "what is your name?" "My name is Lancelot du Lake. Defend yourself, dog and dastard." On hearing this dreaded name, and seeing Lancelot riding upon him with spear in rest, King Mark tumbled like a sack of grain from his saddle to the earth, crying in terror, "I yield me, Sir Lancelot! I yield me!" and begging piteously for mercy. "Thou villain!" thundered Lancelot, "I would give much to deal thee one buffet for the love of Tristram and Isolde. Mount, dog, and follow me." Mark hastened to obey, and was thus brought like a slave back to Arthur's court, where he made