Fergus, Earl of Cornwall
Within seven nights from leaving the great tournament sponsored by the Lady de Vawse in the Quest of the
Triple Goddess, Marhaus and the damosel arrive at the land of Earl Fergus, a young lord recently come into his lands (who
will later be one of Tristram's men). The coming into property is probably based on the legal concepts of Malory's
own time in which an heir can not come into their property until they reach the age of twenty-one. Because of this, elaborate
legal wills were often contracted between the great families to protect their inheritance. Once of age, the heir would petition
the court or through similar contractual agreements, receive his property.
Being young, Fergus complains to Marhaus of a giant living nearby that was destroying Fergus' lands.
The giant, Taulard, also has a brother named Taulas in Cornwall that will be defeated by Tristram later in Malory's story.
Marhaus determines to face Taulard and is taken by Fergus' man to the area. Marhaus meets the giant in combat and is
quickly in great peril for Taulard cleaves Marhaus' shield in two. After a fierce battle, Marhaus smote off the giant's
right arm. Taulard flees to a nearby lake or the coast. Marhaus can not go in after the giant and so attacks him from the shore
using stones. After many hard hits, the giant drowns. Marhaus went to the giant's castle where he released twenty-four
ladies and twelve knights from the prison and acquires the giant's riches.
Fergus in wishing to show his gratitude, offers Marhaus part of his properties but Marhaus refuses. Because of his
wounds from the battle, Marhaus remains with Fergus for the remaining half year before setting out to the rendezvous.