NIGHTBRINGER | The Arthurian Encyclopedia



A mountain or village somewhere in Britain.

A beautiful maiden was beseiged inside, and it was said that whoever rescued her could possess the enchanted Sword with the Strange Hangings. The quest was assumed by Gawain in the First Continuation of Chrétien de Troyes’s Perceval. Gawain saved the maiden and received the sword.

In the Third Continuation, however, it is Perceval who saves the maiden, called the Maiden of the Circle of Gold, from the Knight of the Dragon, though there is no mention here of the Sword with the Strange Hangings.

A Red-Haired Knight of Montesclaire is named as a knight who appears at the Castle of Maidens tournament.

Perceval, or Le Conte del Graal | Chrétien de Troyes, late 12th century
First Continuation of Chrétien’s Perceval | Attributed to Wauchier of Denain, c. 1200
Third Continuation of Chrétien’s Perceval | Manessier, c. 1230