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Galehaut (Galehault) of Surluse and the Long Isles

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

Galehaut (Galehault) of Surluse and the Long Isles 

An important character in the story of the love of Launcelot and Guinevere as described in the early 13th‐century French prose ‘Vulgate’ cycle. He was a friend of Launcelot who demanded tribute from Arthur; he introduced the lovers but became jealous of the queen's influence over Launcelot. He is famous as the Galeotto in Dante's episode of Paolo and Francesca (Inferno, V. 137). Malory wrongly calls him ‘the Haute Prince’ through a confusion with the similar name Galahad.