Fergus


    1. Fergus
      Knight with the Fair Shield | Ferguut

      Hero of Guillaume le Clercís Fergus. Raised as a peasant plowman by his father, Soumillet, in the coastal region of Pelande, Fergusís noble blood (from his motherís side) was stirred by the sight of Arthurís knights returning from a hunt. Against the wishes of his parents, he departed for Arthurís court, bearing rusty armor and weapons. At his request, he was knighted by Arthur. Kay sarcastically suggested that, as his first quest, he defeat the fearsome Black Knight, to whom many of Arthurís knights had fallen.

      Fergus assumed the quest against Arthurís wishes. On the way to the Black Mountain, Fergus stayed at the Castle Lidel and fell in love with Lady Galiene of Lothian, the castellanís niece. Promising to return to her, he set out again. Arriving at the Black Mountain, he defeated the Black Knight and won a magic horn and wimple. These he sent to Arthur, with the Black Knight as his prisoner. He returned to Lidel but found that Galiene had returned to Lothian.

      Fergus enjoyed more adventures in Scotland, slaying robbers, a pirate crew, and a giant. His most significant quest led him to kill a hag and dragon at the castle Dunostre, thus winning a magical white shield (and later earning the nickname 'the Knight with the Fair Shield'). Finally arriving in Lothian, he discovered that Lady Galiene was besieged in Castle Roucebourc. Galieneís servant, Arundele, asked Fergus champion the castle against the invading king and his nephew, Arthofilaus. Fergus agreed, killed Arthofilaus, and sent the king to Arthur.

      Arthur called a tournament at Gedeorde, which Fergus won. Afterwards, he was married to Galiene and awarded the lands of Lothian and Tudiele by Arthur. His enfances bear an obvious resemblance to the early stories of Perceval. His name may be adapted from the Welsh character Fercos.


    2. Fergus

      A Cornish earl and knight, Fergus "was but a young man, and late come into his lands" when Sir Marhaus came along to kill his troublesome neighbor, the giant Taulurd. When next we meet Fergus in Malory, he is one of Tristram's knights and acts as messenger for Tristram. He helped effect a reconciliation between Tristram and Isolde after a quarrel.

      Later we learn that he has become a fellow of the Round Table. With Tristram, Dinas, and others, Fergus grieves for Prince Boudwin and refuses to raise hand against Sir Sadok for helping Boudwin's wife Anglides escape with her son. His last appearance seems to be at the attempt to heal Sir Urre.

      The Vulgate has at least one Fergus, but I am not sure he can be identified with Malory's character.


    3. Fergus

      A knight related to the King of Norgales.