Elaine

British - Wife of King Ban. Mother of Lancelot. Sister of Evaine. Her husband's kingdom was attacked by Claudas and he left for Britain to seek help from King Arthur, taking his wife Elaine and the infant Lancelot with him. He died of grief when his steward, whom he had left in charge, surrendered to Claudas without a fight. When Lancelot was seized by the Lady of the Lake, Elaine retired to a nunnery. An alternative story says that Elaine was pregnant when they left their castle and died in childbirth on the shores of a lake. Ban died of grief after wrapping the baby in a blanket. The Lady of the Lake heard the infant's cries and took it to her underwater home where she reared Lancelot until he reached manhood. Occasionally referred to as Elaine, Blasine, Blasine, Elaine, Elayne, Elayne, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine or Elaine.
British - Daughter of King Pelles. Mother of Galahad by Lancelot. Her father invited Lancelot to his castle in Carbonek in the hope that he would marry Elaine and produce the Holy Grail guarded by Pelles, whose arrival had been prophesied. When Lancelot rejected her advances, Pelles used a potion to deceive Lancelot into thinking that Elaine was Guinevere. Another version says she was trapped in a vat of boiling water by Morgan le Fay and rescued by Lancelot. Dame Brisen, a maid of Elaine, cast a spell on Lancelot who was induced to go to Castle Case to keep an assignation with Guinevere but unwittingly slept with Elaine, who later gave birth to Galahad. At the great feast held to celebrate Arthur's return from his conquests on the Continent, Dame Brisen played the same trick on Lancelot, deceiving him into sharing Elaine's bed once again. Aghast at what he had done, he went mad, leapt from the window and roamed the countryside for two years living like an animal. She found him again after his period of madness and, when he was restored to health, she lived with him for fifteen years in the castle on Joyous Isle given to them by her father, Pelles. Sometimes identified as Elaine, Blasine, Blasine, Elaine, Elayne, Elayne, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine or Elaine.
British - Daughter of Bernard. Sister of Lavaine and Tirre. When Lancelot stayed at Bernard's castle en route for a major tournament, she fell in love with him and, although he wore her favour in the tournament, of which he was the anonymous champion, he refused her offer to become either her husband or her lover. She pined away and died of unrequited love and, on her instructions, her body was placed in a black-covered barge and steered by a boatman down to Westminster where it was found by King Arthur who ordered Lancelot to give the maid an honourable burial. Also identified as Elaine, Blasine, Blasine, Elaine, Elayne, Elayne, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine or Elaine.
British - Daughter of Gorlois and Igraine. Sister of Morgan le Fay. Half-sister of King Arthur. Wife of King Nanters of Garlot. Mother of Galachin. Also referred to as Elaine, Blasine, Blasine, Elaine, Elayne, Elayne, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine or Elaine.
British - Daughter of Sir Bors. Her mother was the daughter of King Brandegoris who was seduced by Bors. In some lore, occasionally called Elaine, Blasine, Blasine, Elaine, Elayne, Elayne, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine or Elaine.
British - Daughter of Pellimore by the Lady of Rule. She was travelling to Camelot with Myles, intending to be married there, when Myles was attacked from behind by Loraine le Sauvage who rode off leaving Myles very badly wounded. Pellimore, intent on a quest for King Arthur, failed to recognise her and ignored her pleas for help as he rode past. When Myles died of his wounds, she killed herself with his sword. On occassion, called Elaine, Blasine, Blasine, Elaine, Elayne, Elayne, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine, Elaine or Elaine.

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