If The Sword and the Loves has finally seen the light, this is due to friends who helped me realise it. Thanks to Daniele Di Rubbo for his priceless friendship and support, Ivan Lanìa for remarks and passion for poetry, Loris Casagrandi for accurate and careful text reviews.
Thanks to Brie Sheldon for care and professionalism shown in the editing of the English text.
Special thanks go to Matthijs Holter for allowing me to “play” with his creature, and to Francesco De Natale, without which this game would have been devoid of interesting ideas and probably would not even exist.
Thanks to the players who first tried the game: Andrea Faenza, Anna Koprantzelas, Daniele Di Rubbo, Daniele Mezzaroma, Davide Beretta, Davide Falzani, Enrico Pasi, Francesco De Natale, Ivan Lanìa, Jessica Lumassi, Laura Enria, Luca Maiorani, Manuela Zanotti, Marco Andreetto, Martina Guarrera, and Simone Micucci.
Lady Iseullt begs, at the laid table of a private feast, Sir Kay, seneschal and Arthur’s first knight, so that he persuades their sire to have mercy upon Sir Cararant, wounded and imprisoned in Camelot. How could the virgin warrior know that Helaine le Fay, under the false pretences of the abbot Athelstan, bewitched the knight so that he was enamoured of her? «Never ever, my lady! Your care for Sir Cararant betray you, and perhaps they betray even your king» Sir Kay flares up, overflowing with that jealousy which poorly conceals more love for themselves than for who they think they love.