Degrevant

Degravant, Degreevant, Degrevance, Degrevans, Degrevaund, Degrivaunce, Degrivuant, Degryvaunt, Egrivaunt


A Knight of the Round Table who is the hero of the Middle English Sir Degrevant. Described as Arthurís nephew, his name may derive from a corruption of Agravain.

While Degrevant participated in a crusade, his neighbor, Earl Sere, invaded and ravaged his lands. Upon receiving word of this invasion, Degrevant returned and defeated the earl in combat. At the earlís castle, Degrevant met and fell in love with Melidor, the earlís daughter. He defeated the Duke of Gerle, one of Melidorís suitors.

Degrevant and Melidor enjoyed a year-long secret romance before the earl learned of the affair and tried to ambush Degrevant. The plot failed, and in the aftermath the earl decided to reconcile with the knight. Degrevant and Melidor married and had thirty years together before Melidor died. Degrevant then returned to the crusades, in which he perished.

Malory mentions him among the knights present at Lancelotís healing of Sir Urry (Urre of Hungary).