In Irish tradition the other-world is often represented as an island, inhabited by women only; and it is this "Isle of Maidens" that Gawain visits in Diu Crone; returning therefrom dowered with the gift of eternal youth.
In certain romances, the Perlesvaus and Diu Crone, he is a veritable roi fainéant, overcome by sloth and luxury.
What it is is not explained, but inasmuch as it is the vehicle in which is conveyed the Host on which the father of the Fisher king depends for nutriment, it seems not improbable that here, as in Diu CrOne, it is to be understood as a reliquary.
Diu Crone, edited by Scholl (Stuttgart, 1852), vol.
Of Arthurian Romances (Nutt), gives a translation of the Bleheris, Diu Crone and Prose Lancelot visits.