I, Lanval, have much to say about the actions taken by those described in a tale called Blanche Crowe, Daughter of Liyr. First of all, where are the noble, strong, and defending knights in this tale? Where I am from – the Court of Arthur – Knights are a most noble honor, and every Kingdom should have a powerful group of Knights at its behest to protect each other and those fighting for the Kingdom. To examine this conflict between Irish King Matholwch and the Island of the Mighty, Crown of London, Benedict Crowe, I will first have to say that both of these noble and honorable men of high status require a lesson in chivalry and the way women of high ranking are to be treated. It is my opinion that Benedict Crowe was in the wrong to give his daughter away so quickly to a King without having spent more than a single night with him, to ensure that his daughter was being given to a noble man. Secondly, as word spread regarding the humiliating story of Matholwch’s horses being harmed and dismembered, he took out his frustrations and put fault on his own wife, Blanche Crowe.
The furthest I have ever gone to disrespect a woman of high ranking was Guinevere, Queen of Arthur, and that is because she became angered at my denial of her romantic advances toward me. I felt that my loyalty remained with King Arthur. I am unfamiliar with the storytellings of giants and birds who are capable of learning from humans, perhaps this tale is told of times to take place in the future or long ago.
Matholwch or Crowe, how I desperately wish I could have been a noble knight in your honor – if I had no longer been a knight to King Arthur – and advise you regarding their conflict. I would have advised Matholwch to not be so insulted by the acts of Crowe’s family members of which he has little control over. That being said, Benedict Crowe should be more aware of what goes on within his confines.
Perhaps if they spent some time in the Court of Arthur, we could teach them a thing or two about chivalry, loyalty, nobility, and protection. In doing so may have resulted in a better outcome for all involved, seeing as Ireland’s peoples have been wiped out at the conclusion of the tale, all but for five pregnant women. Alas, I have stated my suggestions for improvement regarding this tale, as a noble knight would do. I only wish to pass along my acts of chivalry so that men outside of the Court of Arthur can learn the ways of being a great Knight.