Thanks for reading.
Two days ago I wrote in this space of the baseline arc having to flail for a year till the battle of Bedegraine because in Malory the battle followed right on Arthur's coronation.
Then I went back and rechecked something, and I'd remembered correctly (if belatedly): In Malory there are two battles between Arthur's allies and Lot's allies. Bedegraine comes fast on the coronation, and Arthur wins with the help of his French allies despite being outnumbered, because then Lot and his fellow rebel subject kings are obliged to back off due to an invasion back home. Then there's another battle some time later, finally putting paid to the subject kings' rebellion.
Since in the baseline arc I've sorta missed the proper time for the battle of
Bedegraine, I'm going to leave it out and proceed from here, but when
Malory's conclusive battle appears in the baseline arc it'll be called/placed
at Bedegraine. Since Malorian immediate post-Bedegraine events involve Ban,
in the baseline arc those events've now overtaken him, before he got out of
Britain for my having sent him home last baseline arc week which I've now
decided I oughtn't've done. Since Ban and his brother Bors both were
important in the Malorian battle at Bedegraine, they'll be back in a year for
the Arthur, King of Time and Space battle of Bedegraine. With those
patches, events in the baseline arc are pretty much back on track with Malory
- including the imminent introduction of at least one of the characters whose
lack I was bemoaning before.
Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthuriana - the Journal of Arthurian Studies; the website of the quarterly journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
Camelot In Four Colors: A Survey of the Arthurian Legend in Comics
Mystical-WWW - The Arthurian A2Z knowledge Bank which has encyclopedically-arranged entries on the characters of the Arthurian legends.
Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1 and Volume 2.