Study Guide

Le Morte D'Arthur Characters

By Sir Thomas Malory

King Arthur

For someone who's the title character, King Arthur of England sure doesn't get too much face time...

Launcelot

Launcelot is Arthur's star knight – the best and the bravest in battle, a man admired...

Trystram

Like Launcelot, Trystram is an honorable, loyal vassal to his king (King Mark) who happens to be...

Gawain

When Gawain first arrives at Arthur's court, it's with two of his brothers and his mother,...

Gareth

The story of Gareth's arrival and establishment in Arthur's court gets a whole book in Le Morte...

Mordred

Mordred is the bastard son conceived by Arthur when he sleeps with his sister, Morgause, by...

Galahad

If Launcelot is the best of Arthur's knights on the battlefield, Galahad is his best Christian...

Merlin

Merlin is the handy wizard that makes stuff happen for much of the first part of Le Morte...

Morgan le Fay

She schemes, she plots, she plans. Morgan le Fay, Arthur's aunt through his mother, Igrayne, is...

Gwenyvere

When King Arthur marries Gwenyvere, daughter of King Lodegrean, he receives a huge round table...

Isode

When Trystram first meets Isode, she is "the fayrest lady and maydyn of the world" (238.4) and...

Minor Characters

There are so many minor characters mentioned in Le Morte, that it just might take days to name...