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Arthur, King of Time and Space


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The neat thing about Tristram not having gone on the Roman expedition is that when I'm out of steam on Roman expedition gags and regency gags I can do Cornwall gags. The trouble with that is I've taken this long to figure out where in Tristram's story I've dropped myself.

You may recall I wrote in this space when Tristram first showed up as a knight in Camelot that it's unclear in the Morte quite how his chronology relates to Arthur's; that he was definitely among Arthur's knights at the time of the Roman war but didn't go along. Well, I've been browsing the Morte lately trying to find a point in Tristram's timeline which can be the exile to Camelot on account of Mark's jealousy which occurred during the first year or so of AKOTAS, and not having much luck. So today I've been looking for the incident at the ford in the Morte. Figure out when that happens, I told myself, and since you've already used it just pick up Tristram's timeline from after that. Except I don't find it.

That's how it is with these stories. Not every version makes use of all the same tropes in the sources. Or, come to think of it, in the same order. Which is why I didn't feel too badly when I forgot that there are two battles with Lot in the Morte.

Today's cartoon goes back to the beginning, with the first incident in (as Vinaver has it) Malory's Book of Sir Tristram after Mark and Isolde's wedding that isn't directly related to the wedding. I'd already had an idea I'd do it this way, which is why I made sure already to establish that Lamorak has started boinking Morgause, a development that predates today's run-in with Tristram.

And I'm sure if I'm wrong about the incident at the ford not appearing in the Morte that one of you will point it out to me.

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Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthurian Legend
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.

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