Mark

British - A king of Cornwall. Son of Felix, some say. Brother of Blanchefleur, in some accounts. Husband of Isolde. Father of Andre. Some equate Mark with Cunomorus, others with Mark, king of Glamorgan. Some say he was the brother of Meliad and Pernam. He is said to have had the ears of a horse, a secret known only to a dwarf called Frocin. When the dwarf betrayed the secret, Mark beheaded him. He raped his niece, Labiane, and when she bore a son called Meraugis, killed her. He took his nephew Tristram into his court as a young man to save him from his step-mother who had tried to poison him. Both he and Tristram were attracted to the wife of Segwarides but she preferred Tristram and invited him to her bed. Mark, with two knights, waylaid Tristram who unhorsed the king and killed the two knights. Thereafter there was bad feeling between the king and his nephew. Mark sent Tristram to Ireland to escort his bride, Isolde, back to Cornwall. They fell in love on the journey and, although she married Mark, she continued to see Tristram until Mark finally banished him to France. He later returned and the lovers took up where they had left off. In one of the many versions of this tale, Mark and two knights, Amant and Basules, set out to kill Tristram. Barsules refused to be a party to murder so Mark killed him whereupon Amant charged Mark at Arthur's court and, fighting him on the issue, was killed. Lancelot would have killed Mark but he surrendered and returned to Arthur's court where he promised the king that he would make his peace with Tristram. He tried to get Tristram killed by entering him in the lists as Lancelot who was hated by Galahaut and by Bagdemagus, but Tristram defeated them both. Mark then, on pretext of healing Tristram's wounds, drugged him and put him in prison. In one story, persuaded of Isolde's infidelity, he ordered that she and her lover be burnt at the stake. Tristram escaped so Mark handed Isolde over to Ivan, the leader of a group of filthy lepers. Tristram arrived in time to save her. Some say that Mark killed Tristram with a poisoned spear. There are various stories of his death. In some versions, after the death of Tristram, Lancelot killed Mark; others say that he was killed by Tristram's son or by Bellengerus; still others maintain that he survived King Arthur and Lancelot and destroyed Camelot where he was killed by Pamlart. Also commonly called Mark, King Mark or King Mark.
British - A king of Glamorgan. Son of Merchiaun. In some accounts, he is equated with Mark, king of Cornwall. If they were separate characters, the rape of Labiane may be attributed to either. In some accounts he is referred to as Marhaus and is described as a deity with the features of an animal. At times, called Mark, King Mark or King Mark.

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