Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
Guinevere is the worst. She's legendary, of course, for having an affair with Lancelot and subsequently sending Camelot straight to hell. In these early tales, however, she's pretty much just the town mule. No fated and doomed romances here - Guinevere just sleeps a around. A lot.
In any event, the comic mirrors the scene in the story pretty accurately. After Lanval's creepy mistress gives him untold wealth, everyone in Camelot is suddenly his best friend. Man, what a bunch of shallow tools. Anyway, when Lanval and his new posse roll in, Gwen sends down her alpha girls to keep the men company while she tries to seduce our hero. He rejects her advances (while accidentally mentioning his secret lady friend in the process) and leaves the Queen stunned.
Unable to comprehend that any man would reject her, Gwen comes to the only logical conclusion that her brain can muster: Lanval must be totally gay. No, really. Here's what Gwen had to say, according to the Norton translation: "It's evident to such pleasures you have no bent. Often I have heard men aver that women are not what you prefer. But you have many pretty boys with whom you like to take your joys." Have I mentioned how much of a gold mine this translation is? Man, I love this story.
Author: Marie de France • Year: c. 1170 • Info:Wikipedia
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