It is Sir Guyon, after hearing this story, who makes it his quest to stop Acrasia.
Acrasia lives in a location called the Bower of Bliss, which is an idyllic paradise, but not one that is ultimately a pleasant place to stay. In fact, many of the men she seduces eventually turn into beasts on this island, harkening back to Homer’s Odyssey.
Acrasia’s name means “giving into desire” and “badly mixed”, which is ironic since her name is kind of a mixture of Latin and Greek.
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- Norris Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe, Debra Mancoff – The Arthurian Handbook (Second Edition)
- Alan Lupack – The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend
- Ronan Coghlan – The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends
- Anonymous – Lancelot-Grail, the French Vulgate
- Sir Thomas Malory – Le Morte d’Arthur