There is a strange and perplexing coda to all this. Four knights of Richard’s father had murdered St. Thomas à Becket two decades earlier. One was Hugo de Morville, and when the crowd from the nave had tried to come to the rescue, he had kept them at bay with his sword while Tracy, Brito and Fitzurse struck down the Archbishop in the N.W. Transept. We know the sequel; the flight to Saltwood, to Scotland, then the outcast solitude of the four murderers in Morville’s Yorkshire castle; penance, rehabilitation, possibly pilgrimage to the Holy Land. According to a tradition, Morville died there in 1202 or 1204 and was buried in the porch (now indoors) of the Templar’s Hostel at Jerusalem, which became the Mosque of El Aksa. But the poet Ulrich von Zatzikhoven says that when Leopold transferred the King to the Emperor’s custody in 1193, Richard’s place was taken by a hostage. This was a knight called Hugo de Morville, who lent the poet a volume containing the Legend of Lancelot in Anglo-Norman verse, from which he translated the famous Lanzelet, who thus followed Sir Percival and Tristan and Yseult into German mythology. Some authorities think the the two Morvilles are the same. I hope they are right.

Patrick Leigh Fermor - "A Time of Gifts" (1977)

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