In the third day of May, to Carleile did come a kind curteous child that cold much of wisdome. a kirtle & Mantle tis Child had vponn, with brauches and ringes, full richelye bedone. he had a sute of silke about his middle drawne; without he cold of curtesye, he thought itt much shame. "god speed thee, King Arthur, sitting att thy meate! & the goodlye Queene Gueneuer! I cannot her fforgett. "I tell you Lords in this hall, I hett you all heate, except you be the more surer is you for to dread. he plucked out of his potewer, & longer wold not dwell, he pulled forth a pretty mantle betweene 2 nut-shells. "haue thou here King Arthure, haue thou heere of mee; giue itt to thy comely queene shapen as itt is alreadye; "itt shall neuer become that wiffe that hath once done amisse." then euery Knight in the Kings court began to care for his wiffe. forth came dame Gueneuer; to the mantle shee her biled: [hied? the Ladye shee was new fangle, but yett shee was affrayd. when she had taken the Mantle, shee stoode as she had beene madd; it was from the top to the toe as sheeres had it shread. one while was it gaule, [red] another while it was greene, another while was itt wadded,- ill itt did her beseeme,- another while was it blacke & bore the worst hue. "by my troth," quoth King Arthur, "I thinke thou be not true." shee threw down the mantle that bright was of blee. [color] fast with a rudd redd [complexion] to her chamber can shee flee; shee curst the weaner & the walker that clothe that had wrought, & bad a vengeance on his crowne that hither hath itt brought; "I had rather lie in a wood vnder a greene tree, then in King Arthurs court shamed for to bee." Kay called forth his ladye, & bad her come neere; saies, "madam, & thou be guiltye, I pray thee hold thee thee." forth came his Ladye shortlye & anon; boldlye to the Mantle then is shee gone. when shee had tane the Mantle & cast it her about, then was shee bare all aboue the Buttocckes. then euery Kinght that was in the Kings court talked, laughed, & showted, full oft att that sport. shee threw downe the mantle that bright was of blee: ffast with a red rudd to her chamber can shee flee. forth came an old Knight pattering ore a creede, & he proferred to this little boy 20 markes to his meede, & all the time of the Christmasse willinglye to ffeede; for why this Mantle might doe his wiffe some need. When shee had tane the mantle of cloth that was made, shee had no more left on her but a tassell & a threed. then euery Knight in the Kings court bad "euill might shee speed." she threw downe the Mantle that bright was of blee, & fast with a redd ruud to her chamber can she flee. Craddocke called forth his Ladye, & bade her come in; saith, "winne this mantle, Ladye, with a little dinne: "winne this mantle Ladye, & it shalbe thine if thou neuer did amisse since thou was maine." forth came Craddockes Ladye shortlye & anon, but boldlye to the Mantle then is shee gone. when shee had tane the mantle & cast itt her about, vpp att her great toe itt began to crinkle & crowt; she said "bowe downe, Mantle, & shame me not for nought; "once I did amisse, I tell you certainlye, when I kist Craddockes mouth Vnder a greene tree, when I kist Craddockes mouth before he marryed mee." when shee had her shreenen, [confessed] & her sines shee had tolde, the mantle stoode about her right as shee wold, seemelye of coulour, glittering like gold. then euery Knight in Arthurs court did her behold. then spake dame Gueneuer to Arthur our King, "she hath tane yonder mantle, not with wright but with wronge! "see you not yonder woman that maketh her selfe soe cleare? I haue seene tane out of her bedd of men fiueteeene, "Preists, Clarkes, & wedded men from her by-deene! yett shee taketh the mantle & maketh her-selfe cleane!" then spake the little boy that kept the mantle in hold; says "King! Chasten thy wife! of her words shee is to bold. "shee is a bitch & a witch, & a whore bold! King, in thine owne hall thou at a Cuckold!" A litle boy stoode [The little..] looking ouer a dore; he was ware of a wyld bore [boar] wold haue werryed a man. he pulld forth a wood kniffe; fast thither that he ran; he brought in the bores head, & quitted him like a man. he brought in the bores head, and was wonderous bold: He said, "there was nauer a Cucholds kniffe carue itt that cold." some rubbed their kniues vponn a whetstone; some threw them vnder the table, & said they had none. King Arthur & the Child stood looking them vpon; all their kniues edges turned backe againe. Craddocke had a litle kniue of Iron & of steele; he birtled the bores head wonderous weele, that euery Kinght in the Kings court had a morssell. the litle boy had a horne of red gold that rouge; he said, "there was noe Cuckolde shall drinke of my horne, but he shold itt sheede Either behind or beforne." some shedd on their shoulder & some on their knee; he that cold not hitt his mouth put it in his eye; & he that was a Cuckold, euery man might him see. Craddocke wan the horne & the bores head; his ladye wan the mantle vnto her meede. Euerye such a louely Ladye, God send her well to speede! ffins. ..................................... mantell Trgau Eurfron - the mantle that fitted only a faithful wife, one of 'The Thirteen Treasures of the Island of Britain', in mnay MSS from c 1460. See Bromwich, Jarman, and Roberts, 'The Arthur of the Welsh'.