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Helaes de la Forest Perilleuse

Helaés of Limos, Helaes the Beautiful

Helaes was an orphan, the Countess of Limos, the sister of one Clapor le Riche and the niece of one Meleager le Rous, a sister or cousin of the Damoisele à la Harpe, and also unmarried and a determined lover of Sir Gawaine. Enlisting the aid of Oriolz the Dane (Oriel de Sorionde), she won a place in Gawaine’s bed.

It is likely that Helaes should be identifed with Malory’s sorceress Hellawes of the Castle Nigramous.

Le Livre d’Artus | Early 13th century