Guiron the Courteous

Girone, Guron, Gurone, Gyron


Hero of the French Palamedes. A peerless knight, he was descended from King Clovis of France on the side of his father (Fragus) and from Joseph of Arimathea on his motherís side. R. S. Loomis thought that his character came from Gwyron in the Mabinogion tales. He ruled castle Green Wood.

He was an ally of Tristanís father Meliadus, whom he aided in a war against Scotland. According to La Tavola Ritonda, he became an enemy of the Round Table after suffering disgrace at Uther Pendragonís court: a lady whom he had abducted from Gariosso of Maganza lied to Uther, saying that Gariosso had stolen her from Guiron. Uther had Guiron dragged around the fields of Urbano from a cart, as was the punishment for cuckolds.

Guiron loved the Lady of Malehaut, who happened to be married to Danain the Red, Guironís best friend. When she was entrusted to Guironís care, he nearly had an affair with her, but some noble words written on his sword (which had belonged to Hector the Brown) shamed him to the point of near suicide. In revenge for Guironís intentions, Danain abducted Bloie, Guironís amie. Guiron rescued her and reconciled with Danain when Danain saved him from a knight named Helin. Guiron and Bloie were later imprisoned by a wicked lord named Galinan. Bloie died in the prison after giving birth to Guironís son, whom Galinan raised and named after himself, called Galinan or Calinan. Lancelot eventually freed Guiron from the prison.

In another adventure, he was imprisoned by the giant called Nabon the Black until rescued by Tristan. The Fountain of Guiron the Courteous commemorated Guironís rescue of King Arthur from the giant Hebusan. After many other adventures, Guiron retired to the tomb of Febus, his renowned ancestor, where he died.


See also
Fountain of the Pine | The Legend of King Arthur
Hector the Noble | The Legend of King Arthur
Hermenor | The Legend of King Arthur
Levegnic | The Legend of King Arthur