was unable to understand why sexual love could not coalesce with divine love.
We know all that Sir Launcelot holdith youre quene, and hath done longe; and we be your syster sunnes, we may suffir hit no lenger. And all we wote that ye shulde be above sir Launcelot, and ye ar the kynge that made hym. knyght, and therefore we woll preve hit that he is a traytoure to youre person. (1163; bk. 20. chap. 2)
All blame here is directed at Launcelot rather than Gwenyvere; however, when Launcelot escapes, the king decides to punish his wife. Launcelot feels that this sudden transference of blame is a malicious reaction intended to torture him:
For thes knyghtes were sente by kynge Arthur to betray me, and therefore the kyng woll in thys hete and malice jouge the quene unto brennyng, and that may not I suffir that she shulde be brente for my sake. For and I may be harde and suffirde and so takyn, I woll feyght for the quene, that she ys a trew lady untyll. her lorde. But the kynge in hys hete, I drede, woll not take me as I ought to be takyn. (1171; bk. 20, chap. 5)