Torec


Hero of a romance by Jacob van Maerlant.

Born to King Ydor and Lady Tristouse, he learned that a magic circlet had been stolen from his grandmother, Mariole. He tracked down the thief, named Bruant, but learned that the circlet was in the possession of Bruantís sister-in-law, Miraude, the most beautiful maiden in the world.

She agreed to marry Torec if he could defeat all the Knights of the Round Table. Gawain, Torecís friend, arranged for all of the other knights to release the girths of their saddles so that they would be defeated at the first blow, and Torec was thus able to defeat all the knights except Arthur. Miraude nonetheless allowed him to marry her, and he ascended his fatherís throne.