Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
In the poem, Sir Gawain actually comes across as remarkably badass (and King Arthur comes off as an even bigger jerk than he was already). Basically, Arthur wants to put Lanval on trial, but before he can do that, he needs to summon his entire baronage to Camelot - essentially, all the great leaders of his kingdom, as well as the other knights. Lanval is understandbly uneasy about this oncoming jury, since in the past they all thought he was douche.
Without any friends in Lanval's corner, Gawain steps up to bat. In the past, before Lanval got laid by strange women in tents, Gawain was pretty much the only guy that Lanval might've actually called a friend. Now, Gawain is pretty much Lanval's lawyer. He swears an oath to get Lanval's back in the trial, and at a rather high cost: if Lanval loses the case, Gawain must forfeit all the cool shit he's gotten since becoming a knight, like his lands and lackeys.
Now that, my friends, is one badass lawyer. He's willing to risk his entire fortune just to give Lanval a fair shake. This is why, so far, Gawain is the only person in Camelot other than Lanval that's actually sympathetic... for now. We'll see how he fares after I to read his own ancient poem.
Author: Marie de France • Year: c. 1170 • Info:Wikipedia
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