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Ferragunze the Courtly

Foster-father and teacher of ElyabelTristan’s mother and Arthur’s niece in La Tavola Ritonda.

Ferragunze claimed that his three virtues were honesty, bravery, and the absence of jealousy of his wife, Versaria. Through a series of amusing tests, for example, he found his wife in the embraces of Gawaine but did not become jealous, Arthur and Meliadus verified these traits. In reward, Meliadus appointed him as viceroy of Sobicio.

His ordeal is reminiscent of Baldwin’s in The Avowing of Arthur.

La Tavola Ritonda | 1325–1350