Iblis


    1. Iblis
      Ibelis, Yblis

      The daughter of the great and evil warrior Iweret.

      She lived with her father in the castle Dodone in the wood called Beforet. She fell in love with Lancelot after seeing him in a vision, but was distressed when she learned that Lancelot intended to combat Iweret. Despite his own love for Iblis, Lancelot engaged in the battle and won. He and Iblis were then married.

      A magical mantle brought to Arthurís court showed her to be completely true to Lancelot in both mind and body. She and Lancelot happily ruled Genewis and Dodone together and had three sons and a daughter.


      See also
      Chastity Test | The Legend of King Arthur

    2. Iblis

      Wife of King Ibert of Sicily. She was loved by a duke named Clinschor (Klingsor). She rewarded Clinschor with a pavilion in which the two slept together. When Ibert discovered their affair, he had Clinschor castrated.


    3. 'Iblis'

      One night Gaheris came to four pavilions. He helped himself to food in the first and the fourth lay down in bed with a sleeping lady, not noticing that her husband was also asleep in the same bed. In the middle of the night the husband awoke, found Gaheris, and dragged the lady out of bed by the hair. Gaheris woke, saw him mistreating the lady, and cleft him to the shoulders with no further questions, to the lady's additional grief.

      In the morning, Gaheris insisted she go with him, even extracting a promise from her that she would never love any other knight after him. Her four brothers tried to rescue her and Gaheris defeated them, leaving one seriously wounded in the charge of a physician who promised to heal him in eight weeks. Gaheris and the lady spent the night in a convent of white nuns. Here she craftily took the veil, thus escaping from Gaheris without breaking her word. She afterward did much for the convent, and led a saintly life.

      Phyllis Ann Karr borrowed the name "Iblis" for this lady from that of Lanzelet's (Lancelot) wife according to the German "Lanzelet" of Ulrich von Zatzikhoven (about which work she know nothing further). The wife of Ibert, according to Wolfram, though that author also names Lancelot as her husband. It would appear that he simply invented the name, using Sibile (a Sibyl) as the root.

      It seemed a not unfitting name in that the lady of the Vulgate is a cousin-german of Lancelot, Bors, and Lionel.

      Iblis is the name of a demon or devil in Islamic lore. Since this does not alter the Ulrich von Zatzikhoven evidence before her, Karr have decided at this time to leave the name.


      See also
      Demons | Myths and Legends
      Devil | Myths and Legends