1. Black Chapel
    Ancient Chapel

    In the Vulgate Mort Artu, the chapel where Girflet (Griflet) and Lucan brought a mortally wounded Arthur after the final battle with Mordred. It is located somewhere between Salisbury and the sea. Lucan perished and was buried there; Arthur was taken by Morgan Le Fay; and Girflet retired as a Black Chapel hermit. It is called the Ancient Chapel in the Post-Vulgate version.

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    Malory's account might lead one to believe that the last knight took Excalibur to the lake from this chapel, and afterward carried Arthur from here directly to the boat of Morgan and the other queens. The Vulgate, however, specifies that after passing the night at the Black Chapel, Arthur and his last warrior set out in the morning, reaching the sea at noon, and Arthur sent his knight from the seaside to throw Excalibur into the lake on the other side of the hill.

    Also according to the Vulgate, the last knight later found Arthur's grave at the Black Chapel. This seems to vary from Malory, who apparently makes the chapel near Salisbury distinct from that where Arthur lies buried.

    See also
    Ancient Chapel | The Legend of King Arthur

  2. Black Cross, The
    Black Cross (Monument)

    When Josephe and his followers arrived in Britain, Kamaalot (Camelot) was the richest city of the Pagans. The king, Agrestes, pretended to convert; after Joseph left the city, Agrestes martyred twelve of Josephe's relatives.

    A cross Josephe had erected was stained black with their blood. Agrestes went mad and committed suicide, after which his people called Josephe back. The Black Cross was still standing in the forest of Camelot in Arthur's time, serving as a rallying point.

    Is this perhaps identical with the Cross Galahad and Meliant came to?

  3. Black Cross, Abbey of the
    La Crois Noire

    Kay carried Ywaine of the White Hands here to be healed after a treacherous attack by King Mark.

    Thus it would seem to be in Cornwall, probably in the nothern part of the modern county, within easy reach of Tintagil.

  4. Black Forest

    A wooded mountain region in southwest Germany. Alis, the Emperor of Constantinople and Greece, fought a battle against the Duke of Saxony in the forest, near the Danube River. The two warriors fought over mutual love for the lady Fenice. Alis, largely because of his nephew Cligés, won the battle.

  5. Black Forest

    A forest in Britain inhabited by the Black Knight of the Black Forest.

    Arthur contended with the Black Knight for the ownership of the property. Meriadoc won the combat in Arthur's favor. Perceiving that the rights to the Black Forest truly belonged to the Black Knight, Meriadoc convinced Arthur to abandon his claim.

  6. Black Hag

    Daughter of the White Hag who lived in the Valley of Distress in the Highlands of Hell.

    As one of his tasks, the warrior Culhwch had to obtain the Black Hag's blood to straighten the beard of the giant Ysbaddaden. Arthur and his warriors, on Culhwch's behalf, set out for the Black Hag's cave. The first four warriors sent into the cave - Cacamwri, Hwgwydd, Amren the Tall, and Eiddyl the Tall - were beaten half to death. Finally, Arthur himself jumped into the cave and killed the Black Hag with one well-placed throw of his knife, Carnwennan (Carwenham). Caw of Scotland collected her blood and delivered it to Ysbaddaden.

    An Welsh poem in the Black Book of Carmarthen describes a similar battle between Arthur and a hag at Afarnach.

    See also
    Gwydolwyn the Dwarf | The Legend of King Arthur

  7. Black Hand, Chapel of the

    A chapel built by Brangemore of Cornwall. [More]

  8. Black Hermit

    A demonic lord encountered by Gawaine and Perceval in Perlesvaus. He ruled a hellish castle in the Wild Forest, from which he robbed women. One of his victims was the enigmatic Maiden of the Cart, from whom he stole the heads of 152 knights. Gawaine learned that the Black Hermit was an earthly manifestation of Lucifer, and that only Perceval could defeat him. At the urging of the Maiden of the Cart, Perceval traveled to the Black Hermit's castle and defeated him in a joust. Seeing their lord fallen, the Black Hermit's own knights threw him into a chasm of filth.

  9. Black Horse

    S.G. Wildman has propounded a theory that the black horse was the symbol of the Arthurian Britons, and that it is possible to find out where Arthurian influence prevailed by discovering the whereabouts of inns called the Black Horse.

  10. Black Isle

    See Crystal Isle.

  11. Black Isles

    In Palamedes, the kingdom ruled by Lac, Erec's father.

  12. Black Knight

    Several different characters. [More]

  13. Black Man

    A one-eyed giant slain by Percivale/Peredur in Peredur. From the fact that he was called the Black Man, we should not infer that his skin was of dusky hue. Probably it merely means his hair was black.

  14. Black Mountain

    A Scottish mountain, aslo called Nouquestran, where Arthur's Sir Fergus defeated the Black Knight winning a magic horn and wimple.

  15. Black Mountain

    In Toylet, the home of a doctor who healed Tyolet after he had been injured in a battle against lions.

  16. Black Oppressor

    An evil duke who made it a custom to kill any men who came to his court, and to imprison their ladies. He had lost an eye while fighting the Black Serpent of the Barrow. Owain defeated him in combat and made him promise to turn his castle into a place of hospitality. Apparently, this promise was not kept because Peredur was later forced to kill the Black Oppressor to end his wicked ways.

  17. Black Rock
    Roche Noire

    A castle in Cornwall ruled by Dinas, Mark's seneschal.

  18. Black Serpent of the Barrow

    A vicious snake that inhabited the Mournful Mound and killed or maimed many men. Warriors sought the serpent because it had a magical stone in its tail which caused its bearer to receive any amount of gold he wished.

    Peredur became interested in killing it during his adventures, but upon arriving at Mournful Mound he was forced to fight a number of other warriors who also wished to kill the beast. Finally, he defeated his competitors, marched up to the serpent, and killed it. Peredur then gave the Serpent's stone to his companion, Edlym Red Sword.