When spurned by Narcissus, Dane, like Guenevere
, calls for revenge on the object of her affection, and Venus complies with the princess' request.
In a description of his relationship with Lady Guenevere
, for example, we learn that "he had fallen in love with her as much as he ever fell in love, which was just sufficient to amuse him, and never enough to disturb him" (49).
Luhrmann couldn't "fix" Puccini, but Lee has worked a neat piece of staging legerdemain by keeping his Guenevere
and Lancelot onstage, in the background, during Arthur's solo "How to Handle a Woman.
He also visibly matures and suffers from the betrayal of Lancelot and Guenevere
as he sees his vision for a new world order rise and fall.
The final two sections concern Arthur's death and the deaths of Lancelot and Guenevere
and Lancelot's illicit romance has been discovered, and while Arthur seeks revenge against Lancelot, the villainous Mordred takes over all of England.
The imaginatively superior works of Morris's first collection, The Defence of Guenevere
and Other Poems (1858), are included as one might expect.
27) The reader may be initially unsure about whether the beautiful women are 'just a dream' or real; yet as the remaining story unfolds at King Arthur's court, where Launfal must deal with a very nasty Queen Guenevere
, it becomes clear that Dame Tryamour is an Otherworld woman whose realm is closely connected to this time and earthly space.
In other words, its reasonable to expect that King Arthur be played by a male, and Guenevere
by a female.
William Morris's "The Defence of Guenevere
," Robert Buchanan's "Liz," and Meredith's "Love in the Valley" are insightful judgments among the usual familiar choices.
While texts recounting the Mordred story were in circulation by the middle of the twelfth century and therefore some version was probably known to Chretien's audience (as indeed they may have known an even earlier tradition of the abduction of Guenevere
, which is reflected in the sculptures at Modena, Italy), (9) dating our surviving twelfth-century Tristan texts is more problematic: none can with certainty be placed earlier than the earliest possible date for the composition of Chretien de Troyes's romances; (10) and it is even harder to establish in what form Chretien's audience would have known the story.
10) This is where King Arthur's faithful knights discuss whether he knows of Guenevere
and Lancelot's affair and whether he should be told.