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Le Morte D'Arthur
by Sir Thomas Malory
Trystram Timeline and Summary
Trystram is born to King Melyodas of Lyones and Elizabeth, the sister of King Mark of Cornwall. He serves as King Mark's champion against Sir Marhalt of Ireland, winning Cornwall freedom from tribute to Ireland and killing Marhalt. Trystram travels to Ireland where the daughter of King Angwyssh, Isode, heals his battle-wounds and promises to be his lady forever. Then he returns to Ireland to win Isode as a wife for King Mark. On the way back to Cornwall, he and Isode drink a potion that makes them fall in love. Trystram rescues Isode from Sir Palomides when he steals her from King Mark. After that, he must travel to the court of King Howell to be cured of a poison arrow wound by Howell's daughter, another Isode whom he then marries. Trystram returns to Cornwall at (the first) Isode's request, then goes mad with grief when he discovers love-letters between her and his brother-in-law. After recovering his sanity, Trystram is exiled from Cornwall when Mark discovers his affair with Isode. He travels to England. In England, Trystram acquits himself well on the battlefield, and becomes friends with Launcelot. Once again, he returns to Cornwall when Mark promises to treat him well. Trystram serves as Mark's champion against the chief of the Sessoynes, ending their siege against Cornwall. Mark catches Trystram and Isode together again and imprisons them. They escape on a boat and sail for England, where they live with Launcelot at Joyous Garde. Trystram and Isode spend the rest of the story in England, where Trystram acquits himself honorably in many jousts.