Okay, so here is an Arthurian romance. I mostly decided to do Escanor instead of... other things because every once in a while I need to put my desperate cry out to the universe:
SOMEONE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE TRANSLATE THIS INTO ENGLISH!
I have known about the existence of the Romance of Escanor for a couple of long, painful years now. It was written by Girart D'Amiens in graceful medieval French at the end of the 13th century, and published in a German translation in 1886. It is an Arthurian romance that I mostly have read about in various summaries in various sources.
Here is the gist:
Sir Kay falls in love.
If you are as big a fan of Arthurian lore as I am, you probably know Sir Kay, Arthur's foster-brother, Camelot's senechal, and the resident cynic of the Round Table. He is the guy that is not exactly great at fighting (forgetting his sword at his first tournament kicks off the whole sword-in-the-stone thing, after all), but damn he knows how to run a court full of self-involved knights. He is the one behind all the feasts, making sure there is enough food and wine, he is your guy when you need to throw a tournament, and, most of all, he is there to mercilessly rip on any newbie who wants to become a Knight of the Round Table. He does not hold back from voicing his opinions, and he has a mean word for everyone.
He is, for all intents and purposes, the Dr. House of Camelot.
(He even gets a limp at some point)
And in the Romance of Escanor, this guy finds his match.
Apart from the fact that this is the ONLY story we know where Sir Kay is romantically involved with anyone (not counting the time they accused him of having an affair with the Queen just to find out it was Lancelot), it also sounds like a ton of fun from the summaries. Kay is not only awkward when in love, but he also retains his sarcastic tongue, and is in turn matched by Andrivete of Northumbria, the damsel (and queen) of the story. If you have a thing for love-hate banter chick flicks... well, this is probably infinitely better, because well, it is Arthurian.
There is also some additional plot involving Sir Gawain, or whatever.
I swear I would learn French (or better German) just for this. But apart from my own selfish storytelling and Kay-fangirling desires, I feel like English-speaking Arthur fans miss out on a lot without this story.
Someone who has some free time (a couple of months, you know) and a solid grasp of 13th century French: