Friends, I come to you now with a heavy heart. I Launcelot du Luc have oft been named as the truest of Knights and have taken great pains to be worthy of being so named. What would one ask of a true knight?
Strength of arms? Mine exploits are well known. I have been victorious in battles of many knights against one. I told you before of my victory over Sir Phelot weilding a humble rownsepyk and armed in naught, but my breeches. At Castle Tantagil, I slew two giants who had help the people captive for seven years.
Chastity? Knowing now near the whole of my life, you may make jest at this, but was ever a knight more sorely tempted? When I was taken in my sleep, by enchantment by Morgane la Fey and her three sisters I refused them.
“thee behoveth now to choose one of us four. I am the Queen Morgan le Fay, queen of the land of Gore, and here is the queen of Northgalis, and the queen of Eastland, and the queen of the Out Isles; now choose one of us which thou wilt have to thy paramour, for thou mayest not choose or else in this prison to die. This is an hard case, said Sir Launcelot, that either I must die or else choose one of you, yet had I liefer to die in this prison with worship, than to have one of you to my paramour maugre my head. And therefore ye be answered, I will none of you, for ye be false enchantresses”
Loyalty? . . . Some would call me traitor, for it is true that I lay with Guinevere who was queen to Arthur. It was wicked trap I was caught in, more dangerous than any enemy human, fey, or monster. I was not torn between Loyalty and lustful treachery, but between two loyalties. Always I had been loyal to both King Arthur and to Queen Guinevere. When I offered mercy to defeated knights, I bade them to lay themselves at the judgement of King Arthur and then to offer service to Queen Guinevere. During the golden age of Camelot these two loyalties were as one. When it was demanded that I betray one to be true to the other, was I made to choose betwixt loyalty and loyalty or treachery and treachery? As a knight I have never called myself a judge, having always left that to my Lord and Lady. I will leave you with a single testimony that is was not I who began the dance of the three of us for Merlin gave warning to Arthur before he sought the hand of fair Guinevere and it was well know that Merlin’s warning are often prophecy.
“Merlin warned the king covertly that Guenever was not wholesome for him to take to wife, for he warned him that Launcelot should love her, and she him again”