The Book of the Death of Arthur Overview
Malory
Spicer on Merlin

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In the episode of le damoissele cacheresse, for example, one stag,
      one brachet, and one fay, all of which properly belong together
      as the essentials for the adventures of a single hero, by a
      judicious arrangement supply three knights with difficult tasks,
      and the maiden herself wanders off with a different lover.
So here, by means of one hunt and one fairy ship, three heros are
      transported to three different places. When they awake the
      magic ship has vanished and sorry adventures await them all.
      Not one of them is bourne by the boat, as we should naturally
      expect, to the love of a fay
Plainly we are dealing with materials distorted from their original
      form.

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