Origin of the name LAUNFAL.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name LAUNFAL.
King Arthur's steward.
Launfal (Sir), steward of king
Arthur. Detesting queen Gwennere, he retired to Carlyoun, and fell
in love with a lady named Tryamour. She gave him an unfailing
purse, and told him if he ever wished to see her, all he had to do was
to retire into a private room, and she would be instantly with
him. Sir Launfal now returned to court, and excited much attention
by his great wealth. Gwenere made advances to him, but he told her
she was not worthy to kiss the feet of the lady to whom he was
devoted. At this repulse, the angry queen complained to the king,
and declared to him that she had been most grossly insulted by his
steward. Arthur bade sir Launfal produce this paragon of
women. On her arrival, sir Launfal was allowed to accompany her to
the isle of Ole'ron; and no one ever saw him afterwards.—Thomas
Chestre, Sir Launfal (a metrical romance, time, Henry VI.).
James Russell Lowell has a poem entitled The
Vision of Sir Launfal. (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in
Fiction, &c., Brewer, 1899)