Usage Arthurian Romance
Other Forms FormsOrgeluse
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Meaning & History
Based on the French word orgueilleuse "haughty". Used by Wolfram von Eschenbach (c.1170–c.1220) for the Haughty Maiden of Logres, a hitherto nameless character from Arthurian legend who appears in Chrétien de Troyes' unfinished romance Perceval, the Story of the Grail. In Chrétien, she escorts Sir Gawain through his adventures in Galloway, attempting to lead him into danger at every turn. Her lover was Orguelleus of the Narrow Passage. In Wolfram's expansion and completion of the story, Orguelleuse (or Orgeluse) marries Gawain.