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1The Knights of the Round Table The Legend of King ArthurANDThe Knights of the Round Table
2LegendThe legend of King Arthur began in early Britain as a number of folk stories. As the legend spread, it gave rise to a rich collection of art and literature.
3Epic:An epic is a long verse narrative that tells the story of a hero who represents the values of a particular group of people.
4Medieval Romance:A forerunner to modern fiction, Medieval Romance is a story about a noble hero, his adventures, and his pursuit of love.
5KnightsA lord would employ knights and give them the time and equipment they needed to practice; in return, they served their lord as vassals.DUTIES OF A VASSAL:~Fight in his lord’s army~Guard his lord’s castle~Give his lord financial aid~Act as his lord’s messenger or ambassador~Serve on his lord’s council*In return, The knight was under his lord's protection, both legally and militarily.
6Stages of KnighthoodKNIGHTSQUIREPAGEpacek.tripod.com
7It was the relationship between himself and his lord that defined the knight's life. The lord's position gave him considerable control over the knight's life, career, and future, including the final say in whom the knight could marry and the disposition of his estate after his death. The lord technically owned the land used by the knight to raise revenues, and while the property usually remained in the knight's family for generations, it was the lord's prerogative to revoke a knight's right to the land and give it to someone else.
8Today, the word "knight" conjures up far more than war and service Today, the word "knight" conjures up far more than war and service. Loyalty, courtesy, honor, glory, courage. And, indeed, as history unfolded, the knight's role in society altered from that of a cavalry soldier to a model of behavior. Yet, as we know, knights were only human, and did not always live up to the standards imposed on them by society.
9Choose 10 total from the 2 slides The Code of ChivalryChoose 10 total from the 2 slidesLive to serve King and Country.Live to defend Crown and Country and all it holds dear.Live one's life so that it is worthy of respect and honor.Live for freedom, justice and all that is good.Never attack an unarmed foe.Never use a weapon on an opponent not equal to the attack.Never attack from behind.Avoid lying to your fellow man.Avoid cheating.Avoid torture.Obey the law of king, country, and chivalry.Administer justice.Protect the innocent.Exhibit self control.Show respect to authority.Respect women.
10Exhibit Courage in word and deed. Defend the weak and innocent.Destroy evil in all of its monstrous forms.Crush the monsters that steal our land and rob our people.Fight with honor.Avenge the wronged.Never abandon a friend, ally, or noble cause.Fight for the ideals of king, country, and chivalry.Die with valor.Always keep one's word of honor.Always maintain one's principles.Never betray a confidence or comrade.Avoid deception.Respect life and freedom.Die with honor.Exhibit manners.Be polite and attentive.Be respectful of host, women, and honor.Loyalty to country, King, honor, freedom, and the code of chivalry.Loyalty to one's friends and those who lay their trust in thee.
11ExcaliburThe "Excalibur" was King Arthur's sword. Also known as the "Sword in the Stone" or the sword that Merlin helped him get from the Lady of the Lake. Unbreakable and it came with a magical scabbard (sheath) that prevents the wearer to be injured by man-made weapons.
12Lady of the LakeSince King Arthur was always in battle, (the sword from the stone broken in battle), Merlin led Arthur to a lake, from the middle of which an arm protruded holding a sword. The sword, Excalibur, belonged to the Lady of the Lake, who gave it to Arthur.It was the Lady of the Lake offering Arthur a magic unbreakable blade, fashioned by an Avalonian elf smith, along with a scabbard which would protect him as long as he wore it.Towards the end of his reign, during the troubled times of Mordred's rebellion, Excalibur was stolen by Arthur's wicked half-sister Morgan le Fay.
13Though it was recovered, the scabbard was lost forever Though it was recovered, the scabbard was lost forever. Thus when Arthur was mortally wounded at the Battle of Camlann, the King then instructed Bedwyr to return Excalibur to the lake from whence it came. However, when questioned about the circumstances of its return, Bedwyr claimed to have seen nothing unusual. Arthur therefore knew that Bedwyr had kept Excalibur for himself and sent him back to the Lake once more.
14Hurling the sword into the misty waters this time, Bedwyr saw the mystic hand appear to catch Excalibur and draw it beneath the rippling waters for the last time.
15Sword in the Stone Legend The story of the Sword in the Stone is a story about Arthur's claim to the throne of Britain. According to legend, the Sword was Uther's sword, the sword of the High King of Britain. After Uther's death there is no known heir and the barons are fighting among each other who is to be the next High King of Britain.
16Merlin, who was Uther counselor, has the solution: he takes Uther's sword and with his magic, he runs it into a rock. The one man who is able to draw the sword from the stone again will be the rightful heir. Many have tried: Lot, Uriens, even Leodegrance and many more, but no one was able to draw the sword.Until one day Sir Ector and his sons Kay and Arthur (not knowing he is not Ector's real son but fostered by him) come to the place where the sword is captured in the rock, they come for a tournament. Arthur, being squire to Ector and Kay, has to get Kay a new sword for his one is broken. He passes the rock and draws the sword, which he brings to Ector and Kay. Next, confusion is great, for how could this boy draw the sword from the stone.
17Then Merlin makes his entrance again and declares that Arthur is Uther's son. To proof that he places the sword back in the stone and dares anyone to draw it. Again no one succeeds, but Arthur. And so he became High King of Britain at a very young age.
19King Uther Pendragon Father of Arthur Fierce warlord and knight Makes a deal with Merlin to spend night with Lady Igrain, must give his son to Merlin as paymentMerlin uses magic to transform Uther to look like Sir Gorlois
20Merlin A druid (old pagan religion) Supposed mother is Queen Mab In love with Lady of the Lake (his aunt)Foster mother is AmbrosiaWizard with ability to manipulate naturePlaces Arthur into foster careServes as Arthur’s mentormythical.realms.com
21Sir Gorlois Husband of Lady Igrain Father of Morgana
22Lady Igrain Mother of Arthur and Morgana Wife of Sir Gorlois
23Morgana (Morgan le Fay) Daughter of Igrain and GorloisHalf-sister to ArthurDespises Arthur and plots to destroy himAn evil sorceress trained by Merlin, who later uses her magic against himCastle Charyot is her stronghold.
24Sir Ector Foster father of Arthur, father of Sir Kay Keeps Arthur’s birth and parents a secret until Arthur is ready to become King
25Sir Kay Foster brother of Arthur Son of Sir Ector Arthur is his squire (second stage before knighthood)taydi.tripod.com
26Lady of LakeMythological creature (a water nymph) of old pagan religion who creates and guards ExcaliburSister of Queen MabIn some stories, she is mischievous and tries to trick Merlin (who loves her)
27Queen MabSupposed mother of Merlin, did not raise him (raised by a foster mother - Ambrosia)A malicious sorceress (a woodland nymph) who desires to save the pagan religion and waysMercutio referred to her as the queen of dreams in Romeo and Juliet
29King Arthur Pendragon Son of Uther Pendragon and Lady Igrain Married to Queen GwynevereBecomes king by drawing sword from stone (this sword is sometimes Excalibur)Mentored by MerlinEstablished Camelot as his kingdomCreates the Round Table as a meeting place for his knights
30Gwynevere Wife of Arthur Has forbidden affair with Arthur’s most trusted knight Sir LauncelotExiled to live in a convent for her sin
31Camelot Name of Arthur’s kingdom and castle A beautiful, peaceful, and lavish place
32The Round TableReserved for the best and bravest knights of the kingdomThe table was round to promote equality between all knights
33Siege Perilous Seat reserved at Round Table for purest knight
35Sir Launcelot du Lake The best warrior of all the knights Speculation regarding his mother being the Lady of the Lake and his father being MerlinHandsome and charmingHas affair with Queen GwynevereForced to leave Camelot and live in exileUnable to attain Holy Grail because of his sinful pastFather of Sir Galahad
36Sir Galahad Son of Sir Launcelot du Lake Only knight worthy of the Siege PerilousIn some stories he finds the Holy Grail, drinks from the cup and ascends into Heaven
37Sir PercevalFinds the location of the Holy Grail but in some stories is unable to attain it
38Sir BedwyrIn some stories he returns Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake prior to Arthur’s deathCamelot.celtic-twilight.com
39Sir Gawain Defeated the fearsome Green Knight Marries the hideous Lady Ragnell to uphold Arthur’s honor
40The Quest for the Holy Grail In order to save his kingdom Arthur sends out his knights to find and return the Holy GrailArthur and his kingdom are a symbiotic relationship
41The Holy GrailCup used at the Last Supper between Christ and his disciplesCup used to catch his blood at his crucifixionLocated in the Castle of Corbenic.
42Sir Mordred Son of Arthur and Morgana, identity is a secret Destined to kill ArthurIn some stories he is a one of the Knights of the Round Table, other stories have him as an enemy of the kingdomSome stories have him possessing enchanted armor that cannot be pierced by normal weapons
43Avalon The final resting spot for Arthur Arthur is transported to isle on a funeral barge escorted by the Maidens of the Mist
44The Grid Queen Gwynevere Queen Mab Lady of the Lake Ambrosia Sir Launcelot du LakeMerlinQueen GwynevereSir GalahadThe GridKing UtherLady IgrainSir GorloisSir EctorKing ArthurMorgana (Morgan le Fay)Sir KayMordred