Awyntyrs off Arthure at the Tern Wathelyn
An Arthurian poem of the fourteenth or fifteenth century,
believed to be of Scottish origin. Among other adventures, the
poem relates one which King Arthur and his queen, Guinevere,
experienced while accompanied by their favorite knight
Sir Gawane (or Gawain), hunting in the wilds of Cumberland.
Overtaken by darkness which separated them from the rest of
the party, the ghost of the queen’s mother appeared to them.
The apparition told of the torments to which it was being subjected
and entreated that prayers be offered up for its release.
This the queen and Sir Gawane promised, and on their return
to Carlisle millions of masses were ordered to be sung on its behalf.
Sources
Gates, Robert J. The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne
A Critical Edition. Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania
Press, 1969.
Hanna, Ralph. The Awntyrs off Arthure An Edition Based on
Bodleian Library MS. Douce 324. Manchester, U.K. Manchester
University Press, 1974.
Lacy, Norris J. The Arthurian Encyclopedia. New York Garland
Publishing, 1986.
Laing, David. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular Poetry of
Scotland. Edinburgh Balfour & Clarke, 1822.
Small, John. Select Remains of the Ancient Popular and Romance
Poetry of Scotland. London W. Blackwood & Sons, 1885.

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