Elaine of Astolat/The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott Floating Toward Camelot

Elaine of Astolat/The Lady of Shalott

Elaine of Astolat is the maiden who dies of unrequited love for Lancelot and floats in a barge to Camelot with a letter for Lancelot clutched in her lifeless hand. She appears in Malory and in Tennyson's idyll of "Lancelot and Elaine." The figure of Elaine in the barge became one of the most popular Victorian images.