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Guinesores, Videsores, Vindesores, Windeskore, Windesores

A city in BerkshireEngland, near London, on the Thames River.

Malory tosses in the name in XVIII. Malory relates a story in which Lancelot, while hunting in Windsor forest, is shot in the buttocks by a misguided arrow from a female hunter’s bow.

According to Chrétien de Troyes, Windsor was the city of Count Angrs, who, serving Arthur as regent (probably fairly early in the latter’s reign), executed a major rebellion, for which he was eventually executed in his turn. Preparing for his revolt, Angrs fortified his castle of Windsor well, on its high hill with the Thames flowing beneath: he gave it triple walls and moats, palisades and ditches, until Arthur might have had the devil’s own time capturing it, had Sir Alexander not defeated Angrs with a bold ruse.

Arthur’s knight Brastias became a hermit near Windsor in his old age. It was also the home of the knight Sinados.

In Le Chevalier du Papegau, the city is Arthur’s chief court. In the Livre d’Artus, warriors from Windsor join Arthur’s battles against the Saxons.

See also
Count of Windsor | The Legend of King Arthur
Earl of Windsor | The Legend of King Arthur
Huntress of Windsor | The Legend of King Arthur
Windsor Forest | The Legend of King Arthur

Cligés | Chrétien de Troyes, late 12th century
Lancelot do Lac | 1215-1220
Vulgate Lancelot | 1215-1230
Le Livre d’Artus | Early 13th century
Le Chevalier du Papegau | Late 14th century or early 15th century
Le Morte Darthur | Sir Thomas Malory, 1469-1470