There is a prophecy associated with Marinell, that he will eventually meet his downfall due to a virgin. For this reason, he chooses to avoid all female contact.
However, he is eventually defeated by Britomart. Since she is all dressed up in armor, Marinell does not recognize her as a woman, thus choosing to engage her in battle and find defeat.
He eventually becomes the husband of Florimell, who was in love with him from the beginning.
In fact, this sudden switch from being a sworn bachelor to the devoted husband of Florimell is almost a mystery. Perhaps it is a lesson that love conquers all.
This also demonstrates that there were two versions that defeated Marinell in two different ways: Britomart defeated him physically, and Florimell defeated him in love.
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- 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