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THE BOOK OF KING ARTHUR AND OF HIS NOBLE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
First bow Uther Pendragon sent for the duke of Cornwall and Igraine bis wife, and of their departing suddenly again.
IT befell in the days of Uther Pendragon, when he was king of all England, and so reigned, that there was a mighty duke in Cornwall that held war against him a long time.
And the duke was named the duke of Tin Tagil. And so by means, King Uther sent for this duke, charging him to bring his wife with him, for she was called a fair lady, and a passing wise, and her name was called Igraine.
So when the duke and his wife were come unto the king, by the means of great lords they were accorded both the king liked and loved this lady well, and he made them great cheer out of men sure and desired to have had her love.
But she was a passing good woman, and would not assent unto the king. And then she told the duke her husband, and said, I suppose that we were sent for that I should be dishonored, wherefore, husband,
I counsel you that we depart from hence suddenly, that we may ride all night to our own castle. And in likewise as she said so they departed, that neither the king nor none of his council was ware of their departing.
All so soon as King Uther knew of their departing so suddenly, he was wonderly wroth. Then he called to him his privy council and told them of the sudden departing of the duke and his wife.
Then they advised the king to send for the duke and his wife by a great charge: and if he will not come at your summons, then ye do your best; then have ye cause to make mighty war upon him.
So that was done, and the messengers had their answers, and that was this, shortly, that neither he nor his wife would not come at him.
Then was the king wonderly wroth. And then the king sent him plain word again, and bade him be ready and stuff him and garnish him, for within forty days he would fetch him out of the biggest castle that he hath.
When the duke had this warning. anon he went and furnished and garnished two strong castles of his, of the which the one hight Tintagel and the other castle hight Terrible.
So his wife, dame Igraine, he put in the castle of Tintagel, and himself he put in the castle of Terrabil, the which had many issues and posterns out.
Then in all haste came Uther with a great host, and laid a siege about the castle of Terrible. And there he might many pavilions, and there was great war made on both parties, and many people were slain.
Then for pure anger and for the great love of fair Igraine the king Uther fell sick. So came to the king Uther Sir Ulfius, a noble knight, and asked the king why he was sick.
I shall tell thee, said the king: I am sick for anger and for love of fair Igraine, that I may not be whole.
Well, my lord, said Sir Ulfius, I shall seek Merlin, and he shall do you remedy that your heart shall be pleased.
So Ulfius departed, and by adventure, he met Merlin in a beggar’s array, and there Merlin asked Ulfius whom he sought? and he said he had little ado to tell him.
Well, said Merlin, I know whom thou seekest, for thou seekest Merlin; therefore seek no further, for I am he, and if king Uther will well reward me, and be sworn unto me to fulfill my desire, that shall be his honor and profit more than mine, for I shall cause him to have all his desire.
All this will I undertake, said Ulfius, that there shall be nothing reasonable but thou shalt thy desire.
Well, said Merlin, he shall have his intent and desire. And therefore, said Merlin, ride on your way, for I will not be long behind.
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