page 47 of 960 of Sir Thomas Malory: Le Morte Darthur: The Definitive Original Text Edition


Balyn is an episodic romance. All his good intentions lead to catastrophe (he’s a tragic character). This brother vs brother fighting alludes to Malory’s time of civil war which leads to a “wasteland” as the result of all the fighting and bloodshed. This tale is from around 980 and is an old-fashioned knight/story. He’s good because of his loyalty, but his breaking of court law for his own justice is his error