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Yvain of the White Hands


Another Knight of the Round Table who appears in the French prose romance. He is distinct from Yvain (Ywaine) son of Urien, but Malory merges the two characters.

He was the son of Daire. Arthur knighted him in reward for his service in the Saxon Wars. Later, he participated in quests to learn the fate of Merlin and to find Lancelot. He was badly wounded in a fight with King Mark of Cornwall, but was healed at the Abbey of the Black Cross.

During the Grail Quest, he was slain by Erec, who did not recognize him, for which Erec was later killed by Gawain. His former Round Table seat was taken by Arthur the Less.