Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Huon de Bordeaux
Huon de Bordeaux (ew-OH[N] deh bohr-DOH), the older son of the dead duke of Guienne. On his way with his brother Gerard to pay homage to King Charlemagne, he is ambushed by the king’s son, Charlot, whom he kills in self-defense. He is then sent, by the angry Charlemagne, on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. After many adventures, through which he is assisted by Oberon, the fairy king, he returns to court to claim the rights usurped during his absence by his brother.
Gerard (zhay-RAHR), the younger brother of Huon de Bordeaux and the usurper of his rights.
King Charlemagne (shar-leh-MAHN-yeh), who bears little resemblance to the great king of legend. He is pictured as in his dotage, petulant, violent, and unreasonable. Unjustly angry with Huon de Bordeaux, he sends him on a dangerous pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Charlot (shahr-LOH), King Charlemagne’s son, who ambushes Huon de Bordeaux and is killed by him in self-defense.
Oberon (oh-bay-ROH[N]), the dwarf king of the Otherworld, who aids Huon de Bordeaux in his adventures. Granting Huon the right to summon him in the time of danger, Oberon finally...
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