The Marriage of Eric and Enide

The Marriage of Eric and Enide


the marriage of Eric and edit hello this
is Natasha and this is a story about a knight of the round table *t00:00:11.000t* perhaps you
know the knights of the round table followed King Arthur*t00:00:17.800t* a mighty king who
ruled a long long time ago in England and Wales*t00:00:25.000t*
his knights were particularly famous for their chivalry which meant that they
followed a strict code of honor both in love and war *t00:00:37.600t* there are two stories about
Eric and his beautiful bride Anat. *t00:00:42.400t* and this is the first at dawn on Easter day
King Arthur stood on the battlements of his castle at cardigan in Wales*t00:00:58.400t* as he
smelt the spring air he recalled an ancient tradition known as the White
Stag*t00:01:08.400t* according to custom on Easter Monday the king and his knights would go
hunting and whoever killed a white stag would win the right to kiss the fairest
maiden at court *t00:01:24.800t* the custom had fallen out of use
but Arthur thought to himself that it was right and proper for a great king to
uphold a tradition *t00:01:38.200t* after Chapel the knights of the round table gathered in
the main hall of the castle*t00:01:47.200t* King Arthur announced that he would like to revive
the custom of the white stag*t00:01:55.400t* or were pleased to hear this news except one and
he was Sir Gawain was the most Courtenay and wisest knight of the round table*t00:02:09.800t* and
none other apart from the wizard himself was more trusted or held in
greater esteem by the king*t00:02:20.400t* he spoke quietly to Arthur no good will come from
this hunt he who kills the white stag must kiss the fairest maiden at court.
*t00:02:36.000t*
but there are 500 beautiful maidens here*t00:02:42.200t* each one is the favorite of some bold
Knight every night will contend that his maiden is the fairest and most noble and
we’ll take grave insult if another is chosen
there will be quarrels and bloodshed but although Arthur saw the wisdom of surg
Wayne’s words he replied I have spoken my intention and the King’s word cannot
be unspoken the following morning at daybreak the Knights rose from their
beds they dressed in light tunics mounted their hunting horses and set off
for the forests carrying their bows and arrows Queen Guinevere followed behind
them on a white pony a young maiden the daughter of a princess rode by her side
one of the Knights looked back and saw the Queen and her maiden following at
some distance he turned round on his horse and cantered back towards them he
was young and handsome and finely dressed in a fur-lined cloak and a tunic
of silk that had been woven in Constantinople his Spurs were made of
gold and his only weapon was a sword his name was Sir Eric Eric spoke to the Queen saying that if
it pleased her he would be glad to ride alongside her and Queen Guinevere
thanked the young knight for his company adding that she could have done better
then they wrote straight on to the forest
those out in front were already chasing the stag some blue horns others fired
arrows and the dogs barked there was the risk of accident with so many arrows
flying through the air and sir Eric advised the Queen and her maiden to hold
back for a while in a clearing while they were waiting they saw a knight
coming through the woods he was fully armored with a shield over his shoulder
and Lance in his hand riding behind him was a beautiful maiden while riding out
in front of him was a dwarf with a width in his hand Queen Guinevere was very
curious about this new arrival and she sent her maiden to ride over and fetch
him to her the maiden rode ahead towards the knight and the dwarf came to meet
her she spoke to him in a haughty voice let me pass little man I wish to speak
to that night and when she tried to ride past him he struck her on the arm with
his whip she cried out with pain and quickly rode back to the Queen Guinevere
was quite astonished that anyone would be so bad mannered as to wound a young
maiden with a whip what should I do she asked sir Eric and he told her to
never mind for he would go and talk to the knight he rode up ahead and found
that his way too was blocked by the dwarf let me pass you odious little man who
would strike a lady he said but the dwarf replied be gone you have no
business with my master when Eric tried to ride past the dwarf struck him over
the ear with his whip the wound stung bitterly Eric was furious he was sorely
tempted to draw his sword and use it on the dwarf but he held back for the night
was fully armed and Eric himself had no shield and was wearing nothing but his
silk tunic he could not protect himself against the Lance of the night and so he
decided to retreat and he was wise to do so he rode back to the Queen my lady he
said I was unarmed and could not seek revenge against the knight my weapons
and armor were far away but now I must rid myself of this shame or increase it
I will follow the knight at some distance at the first opportunity I will
borrow some armor and challenge him either he or I will pay for this insult
with blood and the Queen was sorry that the fine young man must risk his life on
account of her honor she prayed that God might protect him
from evil meanwhile King Arthur had killed the white stag with his arrow
the hunting party returned to the castle and later that day the ladies and
Knights of the court gathered in the hall all were talking about the choice
that Arthur had to make who would he pick as the fairest maiden at court
everyone knew that it would not be an easy choice
there were several Knights who swore that they would challenge and fight the
King if he did not choose their favorite Arthur held a private counsel with Sir
Gawain and Queen Guinevere Gwaine looked grave and said he did not
see how to avoid a challenge to the king for many knights believed it was a
matter of honour to defend their favorites beauty at the point of a sword
or Lance the Queen was still upset on account of the incident in the forest
she pleaded my lord there is one noble knight who is not among us at court he
is Sir Eric and he’s risking his life and reputation on account of my honour I
pray let us postpone the question of the fairest maiden until either he returns
or we hear more unfortunate news of his fate and Gwaine agreed that it would be
wise to wait a day or two to give time for the Knights hot tempers to cool Arthur listen to this advice and he
announced to the court that it would be unfitting to celebrate the Feast of the
white stag until they had received news of Eric and his fate meanwhile Eric was
following the knight the dwarf and the maiden to see where they might go
towards late afternoon they came to a walled town he followed them through the
gates and saw that the people recognized the knight and his strange company and
many came out to greet him but nobody welcomed Eric because none knew him the
inns of the town were full of fine Knights and their ladies and Eric had
trouble finding lodgings eventually he saw an old soldier sitting
on the steps of the house he was poorly dressed but he had a strong build and a
fine set of whiskers Eric stopped to ask him if he knew of
any lodgings that were not yet full and the knight said while you must stay with
me what I lack in luxury I can make up for in hospitality Eric liked the old
man and gladly agreed he dismounted and a soldier called for his daughter to
come and take the visitors horse to the stable the young maiden came out she was
wearing nothing but a shift and simple white dress because those were the only
clothes she had when she saw the handsome young visitor she blushed a
little Eric was astonished at her beauty he thought that she was more beautiful
than the most beautiful day he would happily have gazed at her but soon she
was gone with his horse later that evening after a good dinner
Eric sat with his host by the fire he asked him why it was that his daughter
who was so beautiful or nothing but a simple white dress the soldier replied
noble sir poverty treats an old soldier unkindly I
cannot afford to buy her clothes to match her beauty even dressed as she is
she does not lack for offers of marriage I have refused several lords and knights
who wished for her hand if I am waiting for a still better one but believe me
when I say her beauty is not her only virtue her heart is noble and wise as
well I know no greater happiness than when she is by my side
as much as it pleased Eric to hear about the young girl he recalled that he had
come here on a serious business he asked if his host knew
anything of the night he rode with a dwarf and a beautiful young maiden and
the soldier told him everything he needed to know every year the town
offered the prize of a fine hunting Hawk to the most beautiful maiden any Knight
who claimed that his damsel was the fairest must just in a tournament and
the victor had the right to give the hawk to his love for the past two years
the night scene by Eric had crushed all who challenged him his maiden had won
the prize he fought so fiercely that this year no Knight would dare to come
against him and his maiden would once again be declared the most beautiful
girl in the town Eric replied immediately good soldier I ask you this
favor allow me to be the champion of your daughter’s beauty I will gladly
fight on her behalf the host could see that Eric was of a
noble spirit and he replied that he would be honored for him to fight on
behalf of his daughter and then Eric asked the soldier if he knew of anyone
who could lend him a suit of armor he did not care if it was old or new why I
still keep a fine suit of armor declare the soldier and he took Eric upstairs to
show it to him the next morning at daybreak the young maiden helped Eric
into his armor she tied the iron protectors to his legs she dressed him
in the tunic of chain mail and she polished the helmet before placing it on
his head finally she buckled his saw to his waist then she fetched his horse
Eric put his foot in the stirrup and swung on to it she handed him the shield
and the strong lance then the maiden mounted her father’s gray pony she was
still wearing her plain white dress but even so she
attracted many and admiring gaze from the people of the town Eric wrote in
front of her holding his Lance upright and sitting with perfect posture on his
saddle all the people marveled who is this night they said to one another we
have not seen him before his matin is shortly very beautiful but he must be a
brave knight indeed to fight for her this day when his opponent led his dwarf
and his maiden through the streets all knew him some people cheered him others
came out and greeted him and wished him well when too many people crowded in the
way the dwarf threatened them with his whip and they soon let them through when
they came on to the jousting field the knight took his maiden to the place
where the hunting Hawk was sitting on its perch he untied it and held it high
on his arm he said to the maiden out loud so that others could hear take this
prize for it is rightly yours no damsel on this field exceeds you in beauty but
before she could take it Eric wrote up and called out damsel hold back take
some other bird for you have no right to this one the knight was furious at his
interruption and he turned to face Eric how dare you come between my beautiful
girl and her prize he said and Eric replied this bird belongs to my maiden
for none other can compare to her in beauty not even the Sun nor the moon and
furthermore her heart exceeds all others in wisdom and nobility and the other set
it is madness that you say so you will pay
dearly for your foolish words but Eric was not troubled by his threats and was
more than ready to joust with a knight the two men rode their horses in
opposite directions and then turned to face each other for the charge then they
spurred their horses towards each other at great speed
each aimed their Lance’s at the other both struck and both fell backwards off
their mouths on to the ground the Knights sprang to their feet and drew
their swords they traded heavy blows splitting shields and breaking helmets
Eric tripped and while he was still rising up onto his feet his opponents
swung his sword down on him meaning to split his helmet open but fortune
protected Eric and although the sword broke off a piece of his helmet off the
side it missed his skull and Eric survived the attack a moment or two
later he glanced over to where the maidens were standing and he saw that
they were both weeping with fear for their heroes both knights matched each
other in veracity skill and strength the battle went on for two hours after which
the other night called out to Eric we both grow weary we do no justice to
ourselves or our maidens let us rest and then renew our fight with full strength
and Eric agreed to stand back and rest as he stood leaning on his sword he saw
his girl in the white dress kneeling and praying piteously on his account he
recalled how his opponent had insulted his queen her maiden and himself he grew
angry once again as he thought of the arrogant knight who was without honor or
chivalry then he called out enough of this
resting let us finish this sooner rather than later and the other replied since
you are in a hurry prepare now to die and both renewed their attack but this
time Eric had the better of the fight he gave the knight such a blow on his
helmet that he was stunned and he followed with three other blows now his
opponent was lying half conscious on the ground
Eric pulled off his helmet and would have finished him off there and then had
not the other cried out have mercy and Eric held back his final cut he said
sternly wretch since you plead for mercy I will not kill you but you must
acknowledge for all to hear that I have defeated you utterly and
then my damsel is the most beautiful woman under the Sun the other hesitated
either because he was proud or stubborn or because he was weak and short of
breath Eric once again held up his sword and the knight called out good sir hold
back we have defeated me utterly and your damsel is the most beautiful woman
under the Sun and add this Eric stayed his sword and the other night asked but
pray tell me your name and why you hate me so for to my knowledge I have not
seen you before this day and have done you no harm or dishonor and Eric replied
I am Eric a knight of the round table yesterday in the forest you allowed your
dwarf to strike the handmaiden of my Queen Guinevere and then to strike me
though I was unarmed I command you swear an oath that you
will do my bidding mount your horse and my dough
rectly to cardigan where King Arthur is holding court kneel before Queen
Guinevere tell her that I am safe that I have defeated you and accept whatever
punishment she made judge fit for you and the other whose name is Judah son of
Knut agreed to Eric’s terms and rode off with his dwarf and his maiden taking the
road for the castle at cardigan then Eric presented the hunting Hawk to his
maiden in the white dress saying take this prize for your beauty inspired my
victory truly there is no face more lovely no smile more lively no human
form more divine than yours and all agreed that she had rightly won the
prize for beauty that evening the Lord of the town invited Eric and his maiden
to dine at his palace but Eric refused saying that he must honor his host by
staying at his house and the Lord ordered his servants to bring a great
quantity of fine food and wine to the soldiers house and that night many
knights and ladies feasted under his roof Eric sat proudly by the young girl
who still wore her simple white dress and yet out Shaun all the other ladies
and maidens when he had a chance Eric spoke to her father and asked for her
hand in marriage which he gladly granted then Eric told him that his own father
was a king second only in riches and glory to King Arthur and that he would
make sure that the soldier and his wife were well looked after in the morning he
mounted his horse and the maiden whose name was in it
SATs bahah find him her arms wrapped around her
night holding him over his heart they rode full of joy to cardigan
lingering only for kisses along the way meanwhile you dear the other night had
arrived with his dwarf and his maiden at cardigan the sentries on the battlements
had recognized him from far off and soon word reached Guinevere that the strange
knight who had insulted her was heading for the castle as he drew nearer it
became clear that he had been in a fight and was in a bad way
when if he wondered what news he brought was he coming to boast of how he
defeated and killed her champion or was he coming as Eric’s prisoner to beg for
mercy he rode through the gates of the castle and asked for an audience with
the Queen barely able to walk he came up to her throne and knelt before her he
begged her pardon and her mercy after consulting with Sir Gawain she granted
him her forgiveness on one condition that he serve King Arthur as his knight
he readily agreed a day later Eric and Emmet arrived at cardigan there was
great rejoicing the Queen embraced the young girl and when she saw that she was
dressed in a simple white dress she gave her a beautiful dress of her own it was
of green and gold and Anat looked even more splendid and beautiful in it
directly afterwards Eric and ennahdha were married in the chapel that evening
there was a magnificent feast in celebration at the height of the
festivities King Arthur called all to order and announced that he had reached
his decision about the fairest maiden he would best
his kiss on n it she came before him and the King kissed her gently and properly
he promised to love her as a friend all agreed that King Arthur had made the
right choice and not one night came forth to challenge him and that’s the
story of the marriage of Erik and Emmett but their tale does not end with their
wedding I’ll be back soon with the second story about Erik and n ‘add which
will tell you what happened after they were married and birth you’ve asked me
to tell you that an early version of this story was written as a poem in Old
French by Kretsch yen de Troy and there is also a version in the Welsh
collection of tales called the mabinogi on there will be more Arthurian stories
at story no calm soon so drop by and listen until then from me Natasha bye
bye

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