Kahedin is brother to Iseult of Brittany and the son of King
Hoel of Brittany. He had an affair with Brangaine,
the handmaiden of Iseult of Ireland.
first meets Brangaine in the Hall of Images, where he was previously sent to deliver
a message to Iseult of Ireland regarding the arrival of her lover, Sir Tristan.
He conveys the message and Iseult and Tristan spend the night in a wooden cabin.
Meanwhile, Kahedin prepares to spend the night with Brangaine after receiving
favourable advances from her. When they go to bed, however, Kahedin plunges into
a deep sleep and wakes up the following morning to realise that some sorcery must
have been carried out. Out of courtesy, he ignores the happenings of the previous
night and the two couples spend the day together. The same trick is carried out
again that night; on the third night, Iseult manages to convince her maid to surrender
to Kahedin to stop his humiliation. In some versions, Camille, another of the
Queen’s handmaidens, is chosen by Kahedin over Brangaine. She also refuses the
knight, wishing to preserve her honour. Iseult then assists by providing Kahedin
with a “magic pillow” after which he falls into a deep
wakes up the next morning to be taunted by Camille and the ladies of the household;
he travels with Tristan without revealing to him the incident of the previous
Prose Tristan, Kahedin remains Tristan’s close companion even after his sister
has been abandoned in Brittany. Like various other knights he falls in love with
the Irish Iseult and eventually dies pining for her.
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