Nightbringer | The Arthurian Online Encyclopedia

Golden Isle

Golden Island, Ile d’Or

The island and castle belonging to a fairy, called the Maiden of the White Hands (Pucelle aux Blanche Mains) in Renaut de Bâgé’s Le Bel Inconnu and the Dame d’Amour in Thomas Chestre’s Lybeaus Desconus.

The Maiden decreed that any potential suitor would have to guard the island for seven straight years before she would marry him. For five years, the guardian was Malgier, but he was killed by Gawain’s son Guinglain. The Maiden so loved Guinglain that she lifted the seven-year requirement for him.

Le Bel Inconnu | Renaut de Bâgé, 1185–1190
Lybeaus Desconus | Thomas Chestre, late 14th century