The Color: A seemingly average red skein that knits up with sinister beauty. This delicious red is overdyed with grey and contains hints of poison (darker red spots) throughout, to give it a depth and tone that is positively wicked in the very best way.
The Name: After a falling out with Lancelot, Guenevere hosts a dinner for some of the knights. Gawain is well known to enjoy fruit, especially apples and pears, so she makes sure to set aside a bowl of fruit just for him. One of the other knights, who hates Gawain, conspires to poison some of the apples to kill him. One of the poisoned apples is eaten by Sir Patrice, who immediately dies of the poison. Because Guenevere provided the food and invited them there, she is accused of this poisoning by Sir Patrice’s cousin.
Guenevere’s guilt or innocence will be decided through the results of a battle between two knights, one representing her innocence and one her guilt. None of the knights who were at the dinner are willing to defend her. Ultimately, Sir Bors, Lancelot’s cousin, agrees to do so “if no better knight steps forward.” Indeed, at the trial, a “better knight” does come forward and wins the battle. Guenevere is declared innocent, and the knight is revealed to be Lancelot.