This year’s Fairelands Hunt – the Lost Land – sends you on a search for the Ten Champions chosen by the Bard Queen to mentor, protect and instruct her daughter, the Princess Flora. Each day the Faire is running, we will be introducing you to a different Champion. They all have stories to tell … and some of these may give you clues to help you find them!
Britomart, the Warrior
In the desolation that was the land after the fall of the Round Table, some knights held to the true way and devoted their lives to redressing wrongs, and protecting the weak and defenceless. First among their number was Britomart.
Little is known of her origins. Some say she was the daughter of Nimue (who some call the Lady of the Lake) and Merlin. Others said that Nimue seduced Bedivere, Gareth, Lancelot or even Arthur himself. Those who loved her less claimed she was the child of a farmer who had his way with the Lady of the Lake. Certain it is that Britomart would never speak of her origins or, indeed, her past.
All that is known is that after the last great battle, the Battle of Camlann, where both Arthur and Mordred were slain, a warrior on a white horse began to be seen, a knight of peerless chivalry and courage, and matchless skill in all feats of arms.
And this warrior was Britomart.
Britomart was the peerless warrior, the brave and beautiful knight whom no man could match in tourney, whether jousting or in the melee, where she unhorsed more knights than any, save Lancelot in the days of his glory.
She wore no crest or lady’s favour, and although her armour and her horse suggested wealth, she would sleep as peacefully in a cottage as a castle and spoke kindly to all. Her greatest weapon was her sword, which some jealous men claimed was enchanted. When she heard this, she offered to fight her accusers with their blades exchanged. Britomart always gained the victory.
When the Princess was born, the Bard Queen summoned Britomart and instructed her to teach Princess Flora all she knew of feats of arms and chivalry.