Ascolot, Askalot, Astolat, Escalot, Scalliotto, Scalot, Shallot
One time when Lancelot anonymously competed in a tournament which King Arthur announced in Winchester, he stayed at Astolat. The daughter in the house fell in love at first sight, and since she didn’t know who Lancelot was or that he was eternally faithful to Queen Guenevere whom he loved with forbidden love, she convinced him to wear a sleeve of her red dress on his helmet. Lancelot won but was badly wounded and were cared for at the maiden’s relative for a long time.
When he was well enough to leave, the maiden revealed her love, and when Lancelot rejected her by telling he loved someone else, she said she had to die. Lancelot remained steadfast, but when he returned to the court Gawaine, who himself had courted Elaine, told the Queen that Lancelot had worn a delightful young girl’s colors. After that the Queen did not want to see Lancelot anymore, who, devastated, left the castle. The truth about his faithfulness was later known.
One night King Arthur and Gawaine saw a boat in mourning come gliding on the Thames.
In the boat a beautiful girl was lying dead and Gawaine recognized the Lady of Astolat. In her hand she held a letter in which she wrote she had died of unhappy love for Lancelot. King Arthur buried her in the cathedral in Camelot.
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The Lady of Shalott, John William Waterhouse, 1888.