White Stag

Cerf Blanc, Cherf Blanc

White stags feature in a number of Arthurian tales. It was said that whoever hunted one down could kiss the loveliest girl in Arthur’s court. One was chased by Sagremor (Sagramore) in Rigomer, while another was hunted in the Forest of Adventure in Erec.

Floriant pursued one which brought him to a castle of his foster-mother Morgan Le Fay and, in the Didot Perceval, Percivale cut off the head of a white stag.

Sommer quotes from the Vulgate:

a deer who be more white than black … and round his neck a chain of gold … so has his company.

The white stag may originally have featured in stories of a pagan, mythical nature and these tales may have some connection with the Celtic stag cult.


See also
Hart | The Legend of King Arthur


Image credit
White Stag | Artist: Unknown