Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
"Lands and wives he gave outright to all his servants, save one knight: that was Lanval." The story of Lanval may very well be my favorite myth in the Arthurian canon. Lanval himself is pretty much a paragon of awesomeness; he's handsome, courageous, strong, and rich. As such, all the other knights (including King Arthur himself) think that Lanval's a douchecanoe. Even after he donates all of his personal property to Arthur in the name of peace, he still gets no respect. This understandably leaves our hero rather bummed out. What follows is ridiculously entertaining, as Lanval goes on a quest to get laid and party. Seriously.
I love this story so much that I actually started coming up with way too many comic ideas about it. I finally ended up with eight in total, but the urge to just do a ridiculous full comic adaption of the story still looms disturbingly large in my mind.
Author: Marie de France • Year: c. 1170 • Info:Wikipedia