A knight of the Round Table whose importance varies with each text. He appears in Chr├ętien de Troyes' Perceval where he interrupts Percival's reverie that is induced by the three drops of blood on the snow. In the Prose Tristan he is Tristan's messenger, who brings Tristan his sword and shield when he lays dying. In the Vulgate Cycle he is killed by Mordred in the battle between Mordred and Arthur. He is mentioned as the nephew of the Emperor of Constantinople. Sir Kay calls him le mort jeune, "the young corpse," on account of an illness that attacks him without warning.



  • Lacy, Norris J., ed. (1996). The New Arthurian Encyclopedia. New York: Garland.