Awyntyrs off Arthure at the Tern Wathelyn

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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.


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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.