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Elaine is a name shared by several different female characters in Arthurian legend.


Elaine of Astolat

Also known in some texts as Elaine the Fair or the Fair Maid of Astolat and as The Lady of Shalott in Lord Alfred Tennyson's same-titled poem.

Elaine of Corbenic

Elaine the Peerless

Elaine the Peerless was the niece of the Lord of the Fens and wife of Persides the Red of the Castle of Gazevilte.

Elaine of Garlot

Elaine of Garlot is the daughter of Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall, and Igraine. She is a sister of Morgan le Fay and Morgause and a half-sister of King Arthur. She marries King Nentres, and has a son named Galeshin, who becomes a Knight of the Round Table. Considering the actions of her sisters, she is remarkable in that she is otherwise unremarkable. It is assumed she stayed in her own lands and did little to help or hinder any of her siblings.

Elaine of Benoic

Elaine of Benoic was the wife of King Ban and the mother of Lancelot. She is the sister of Evaine, wife of King Bors and mother of Sir Lionel and Sir Bors. Her husband dies of grief when his enemy Claudas attacks his city, and Elaine goes to attend to him. She sets the infant Lancelot down, and he is taken by the Lady of the Lake, who raises him. Elaine sees her son for the first time in years just before she dies.

See also

Further reading

Batt, Catherine. Malory’s Morte Darthur: Remaking Arthurian Tradition. New York: Palgrave, 2002. Print.

A monograph comparing the relationship between Lancelot and Elaine in Malory with the French text that he based Morte Darthur on, specifically concerning the circumstances of her rape of Lancelot.

Malory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte Darthur: The Winchester Manuscript. Ed. Helen Cooper. New York: Oxford University Press Inc., 1998. Print.

Chronicles Elaine’s seduction of Lancelot, the birth of Galahad, and Lancelot’s descent into madness.

McCarthy, Terence. Reading the Morte Darthur. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1988. Print.

An edited collection comparing the circumstances of Galahad’s birth to the trickery involved in Arthur’s conception.

Rackham, Arthur. How at the Castle of Corbin a maiden bare in the Sangreal and foretold the achievements of Galahad. 1917. Colored plate used in The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Alfred W. Pollard. 7 November 2009.

A depiction of Elaine carrying the grail through the halls of King Pelles’ palace.

Scala, Elizabeth. “Disarming Lancelot.” Studies in Theology Autumn 2002: 380-403. Magazine.

An article concerning Elaine’s power over Lancelot in regards to her seduction.

Sklar, Elizabeth S.. “Malory’s Other(ed) Elaine.” On Arthurian Women: Essays in Memory of Maureen Fries. Bonnie Wheeler and Fiona Tolhurst. Dallas: Scriptorium Press, 2001. 59-70. Print.

An analysis of Elaine of Carbonek’s dismissal from scholarly works because of her complex role in Arthurian literature.

White, Terence Hanbury. The Once and Future King. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1958. Print.

A monograph including modern depiction of Lancelot and Elaine’s relationship.

Suard, François. “The Narration of Youthful Exploits in the Prose Lancelot.” Trans. Arthur F. Crispin. The Lancelot-Grail Cycle: Texts and Transformations. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994. 67-84. Print.

A description of Galahad’s conception and birth.

External Sources

“Arthurian Women.” Jimmy Joe, 1999. Web. 06/24/2006.

An encyclopedia article covering her name, beauty, and genealogy.

“Houses of the Grail Keeper and the Grail Hero.” Jimmy Joe, 1999. Web. 06/24/2006.

An article tracing Elaine of Carbonek’s lineage back to Joseph of Arimathea.

“The Elaines. ” University of Idaho, 1997. Web. 04/1999.

An article detailing the unification of holy bloodlines that occurred when Elaine coerced Lancelot into having sex with her and the subsequent conception of Galahad.



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