p. 64. name of Dame du Lac, or the Lady of the Lake (or Sea), and her foster son was called Lancelot du Lac, while the realm was called Meidelant, or the Land of Maidens. From this the lady had her. Ed. She tells him that "A knight should have two hearts, one as hard and impenetrable as diamond, and the other as soft and pliable as hot wax." The Lady of the Lake took the child to her own home, which was an island in the middle of the sea and surrounded by impassable walls. Lancelot, also known as Sir Lancelot and Lancelot du Lac (“Lancelot of the Lake”) is the greatest knight of King Arthur’s court and lover of Arthur’s wife, Queen Guinevere, best known from Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur (1469 CE). In Lancelot of the Lake, the Lady of the Lake first explains the meaning of knighthood to the young man who wishes to become a knight. Today’s image is that of The Lady of the Lake, Lancelot Speed‘s illustration for James Thomas Knowles’ The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights (1912), 9th edition. An area of art I intend to explore more thoroughly is that primary reason why I buy books: the illustrations. According to Ulrich, a fairy raised Sir Lancelot from birth and was the mother of Mabuz, identical to the Celtic god Mabon. It was good to fill in a gap in my understanding of certain strands of the Lancelot legend that many modern writers have used in their adaptations of Arthurian legend, i.e., Lancelot's connection to the Lady of the Lake and how Lancelot became Guinevere's knight. Sir James Knowles, K. C. V. O. London; New York: Frederick Warne and Co., Publication Date: 1912. The Lady of the Lake may have been a Celtic goddess in origin, perhaps even related to the Gwagged Annwn, the lake ferries in modern Welsh folklore.