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"This hart will I chase, said King Arthur, and so he spurred the horse, and rode after long, and so by fine force oft he was like to have smitten the hart; whereas the king had chased the hart so long, that his horse lost his breath, and fell down dead. Then a yeoman fetched the king another horse." Sir Thomas Malory,Le Morte d'Arthur
If Arthur rode so hard after the stag that his horse (the king's horse so presumably the best of the lot) fell dead, but no one else's, mustn't that mean no one else kept up?
So where'd the yeoman come from?
I realize that one gets an imperfect understanding of the term growing up in the late twentieth century hearing "yeoman" nowhere but Star Trek, but can it really mean one of a team of servants permanently posted around the country in case the king should happen to pass by and be in need of a horse?
For those keeping score, this is my first attempt at five panels in a weekday strip.
The email Samaritan resent his message about my laptop's power cord. His
wasn't the only response I got, so thanks all around. Even if the only thing
I really learned is that I can't afford a new cord at the moment, you guys
came through when I asked. I shall try not to abuse this power.
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.