Finally, no more Avalon. That was another of Geoffrey's fan insertions. Quite a popular one though.
The character of Lancelot was Chrétien de Troyes's Gary Stu from the 1170s, so he'll have to go. All of that courtly love, including the affair between Lancelot and Guinevere, and the chivalry aspects were written to impress Marie de France and her noble ladies.
This was also the moment when Arthur and his men started prancing around in full suits of armour, and calling each other 'knight'. They all become firmly Christian and start hunting for the Holy Grail.
All fan insertions and therefore all disappeared.
Let's move onto the 13th century, because fan fiction there went into over-drive. From the Vulgate Cycle, we have no need to wipe out the first eight volumes, as they all relate to Merlin or the Holy Grail. They've already gone.
*Skims through and erases Galahad.* Lancelot was already a fan insertion. Giving him a son doesn't make him less so. We should also lose the Round Table that's just appeared.
Oops! Morgan Le Fey nearly crept in there. Slightly shaky ground here, because she was based on either Anna, Morgause or Gwyar from the old Welsh legends. We don't know which of those are fan names, so at least two will have gone. She was just Arthur's sister then.
Chrétien extended her role to make her Guinevere's lady in waiting, but that was only to have someone loyal to Arthur around. He needed the plot device to move his love affair narrative along. Morgan could tell her brother all about the couple and make it all dramatic. Chrétien did enrich her personality a bit by saying she was good at healing potions though.
Which was all that the fan fiction writers of the 13th century needed to create something really juicy. If Morgan can heal people with herbs, then doesn't that make her a bit witchy? Link her with Merlin and suddenly we have rampant supernatural business going on.
Very exciting, but also fanon. Let's see them safely removed before 15th century Thomas Malory makes Morgan Le Fey the evil one.
I don't think we need to go any further. We've already erased the elements that have been constantly rewritten and reinterpreted ever since.
So let's settle down and enjoy the Arthurian Legend, now that all of the fan fiction has gone from it!
Golychaf wledic pendeuic gwlat ri.
py ledas y pennaeth dros traeth mundi.
bu kyweir karchar gweir yg kaer sidi...
Much better, don't you think?