Le Morte d’Arthur

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King Arthur Character Analysis

The son of Uther and Igraine, and raised by Sir Ector, Arthur was always destined to pull an enchanted sword (Excalibur) out of the stone and prove his worthiness to be king. Arthur becomes one of the kingdom’s youngest kings, though he quickly establishes himself in military prowess and conquers many lands. Arthur considers loyalty a virtue almost above all else, and is often willing to grant mercy to knights who swear allegiance to him. Throughout the book, Arthur often seems to be acting not entirely of his own will, but rather to be following steps laid out for him long ago by fate or by the requirements of his position. In the later books, he is even more of a passive character, partly because his knights take turns in proving their own honor and prowess, and partly because he is cuckolded by Launcelot through his affair with Arthur’s wife, Queen Guenever.

King Arthur Quotes in Le Morte d’Arthur

The Le Morte d’Arthur quotes below are all either spoken by King Arthur or refer to King Arthur. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of Le Morte d’Arthur published in 1970.
Book 1 Quotes

And when matins and the first mass was done, there was seen in the churchyard, against the high altar, a great stone four square, like unto a marble stone; and in midst thereof was like an anvil of steel a foot on high, and therein stuck a fair sword naked by the point, and letters there were written in gold about the sword that said thus:— Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil, is rightwise king born of all England.

Related Characters: King Arthur
Related Symbols: Excalibur
Page Number: Vol 1, 16
Explanation and Analysis:

Not long after King Uther's death, Merlin has told the Archbishop of Canterbury to gather all the knights of the kingdom together for a great tournament: he declares that God will reveal who should lead the kingdom, though he doesn't give any other details than that. After the attendees celebrate Mass, the first miraculous event takes place - the appearance of a grand sword sticking out of a stone. It is significant that the miracle meant to herald and establish the next rightful king of England is based on a sword, since in this society the ability to fight well and to triumph in jousting is a sign not just of physical might but also of spiritual honor and worth.

The path by which the next king of England is decided also depends on an understanding of identity particular to this time, place, and culture. According to this, one may be the rightful king of England even without knowing it: it is by completing a task set out in advance that one does not just become worthy of a label, but proves that he bore this identity (i.e., royal bloodline) all the while.

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Book 4 Quotes

I have promised to do the battle to the uttermost by the faith of my body, while me lasteth the life, and therefore I had liefer to die with honour than to live with shame; and if it were possible for me to die an hundred times, I had liefer to die so oft that yield me to thee; for though I lack weapon, I shall lack no worship, and if thou slay me weaponless that shall be thy shame.

Related Characters: King Arthur (speaker), Sir Accolon of Gaul
Page Number: Vol 1, 132
Explanation and Analysis:

With the help of his lover Morgane le Fay, Sir Accolon of Gaul has managed to get his hands on Arthur's sword, Excalibur, which is why he is able to fight so successfully against the king. Now, Arthur's sword is broken, and two possibilities arise: either Arthur yields to Accolon and asks for his mercy, or he accepts death, since he has lost. By choosing the latter, Arthur reiterates his commitment to the chivalrous code, vowing to remain honorable even if it means he must die. Paradoxically, Arthur takes pride in granting mercy to others whom he conquers himself, but he considers it shameful to ask for this same mercy.

Arthur thus claims that he considers certain values more important than simply triumphing against enemies. He is left without a weapon, but this fact is far less a cause for shame than yielding to Accolon would be. Still, he acknowledges at the end that Accolon must adhere to the same values that he does, and it would be shameful for Accolon to kill Arthur without a weapon, just as it would be shameful for Arthur to seek to avoid death.

Book 5 Quotes

Then the king wept, and dried his eyes with a kerchief, and said, Your courage had near-hand destroyed you, for though ye had returned again, ye had lost no worship; for I call it folly, knights to abide when they be overmatched. Nay, said Launcelot and the other, for once shamed may never be recovered.

Related Characters: King Arthur (speaker), Sir Launcelot du Lake (speaker)
Page Number: Vol 1, 180
Explanation and Analysis:

Sir Launcelot and Sir Cador, in charge of thousands of Roman prisoners, find themselves met by a massive army of 60,000 men sent by Lucius to rescue the prisoners. Even though Launcelot and Cador are with only 10,000 men, they still fight and successfully hold off their enemies. When they return to Arthur to tell him of what happened, the king is shocked but also impressed at how valiantly his knights have fought. It is perhaps Arthur's love for his men, especially Launcelot, that causes him to modify his fierce sense of honor here - he claims it would not be shameful for them to have withdrawn, since they were so unequally matched. Launcelot, however, won't accept any kind of modification of the code of chivalry. For him, strict consistency is necessary for a knight to maintain his glory - if he is even "once shamed," he can never recuperate that former glory. As a result Launcelot feels it necessary to welcome and even to seek out whatever battles he can.

Book 7 Quotes

I took none heed to your words, for the more ye said the more ye angered me, and my wrath I wrecked upon them that I had do withal. And therefore all the missaying that ye missaid me furthered me in my battle, and caused me to think to show and prove myself at the end what I was; for peradventure though I had meat in King Arthur’s kitchen, yet I might have had meat enough in other places, but all that I did for to prove and assay my friends, and that shall be known another day; and whether that I be a gentleman born or none, I let you wit, fair damosel, I have done you gentleman’s service, and peradventure better service yet will I do or I depart from you.

Related Characters: Sir Gareth (Beaumains) (speaker), King Arthur
Page Number: Vol 1, 251
Explanation and Analysis:

Beaumains has traveled much of the country with the anonymous damsel, attempting to prove himself and help her on her "adventure." Beaumains has conquered a number of knights quite impressively, but has still been subject to the damsel's regular insults and mockery. Finally, the damsel begins to acknowledge that she is somewhat impressed that Beaumains has endured all of this berating so stoically. Here Beaumains attempts to explain himself. He claims that he transferred his anger and frustration towards her onto the men against whom he fought. Indeed, her dismissal of him made him more eager to prove what a strong and chivalrous knight he was. 

For Beaumains, this kind of test is similar to what he put himself through as a menial kitchen boy at King Arthur's court - although he comes from a powerful family, it was important for him to prove his worth on his own, by setting a series of challenges and quests for himself, and completing them under a false identity, without the help of others or his own noble name. As a result, Beaumains has only underlined how he was worthy of great worship all along, even if his true identity remained unknown to others. Finally, he may be frustrated by the damsel, but as a woman she is particularly prized as someone whose admiration and respect he wants to provoke.

Book 9 Quotes

Queen Morgan loved Sir Launcelot best, and ever she desired him, and he would never love her nor do nothing at her request, and therefore she held many knights together for to have taken him by strength. And because she deemed that Sir Launcelot loved Queen Guenever paramour, and she him again, therefore Queen Morgan le Fay ordained that shield to put Sir Launcelot to a rebuke, to that intent that King Arthur might understand the love between them.

Related Characters: King Arthur, Queen Guenever, Sir Launcelot du Lake, Morgan le Fay
Page Number: Vol 1, 464
Explanation and Analysis:

As will be the case for much of the rest of the story, everyone but Arthur seems to know about the love between Launcelot and Guenever, and various characters, out of jealousy or plotting, seek to reveal the truth to Arthur. Morgan, one of these plotters, is motivated by her own lustful feelings for Launcelot (and so she is seemingly jealous of Guenever), and also has long hated Arthur and devised various schemes against him.

Morgan le Fay is one of the consistent villains of the book, but she is also one of the best examples of a powerful, independent woman—she is a queen by her own right, seemingly commands the loyalty of many knights, takes and discards her own lovers without marrying them, and has access to powerful and dangerous magic.

Book 13 Quotes

Ah Gawaine, Gawaine, ye have betrayed me; for never shall my court be amended by you, but ye will never be sorry for me as I am for you. And therewith the tears began to run down his visage.

Related Characters: King Arthur (speaker), Sir Gawaine
Related Symbols: The Holy Grail (Sangreal)
Page Number: Vol 2, 250
Explanation and Analysis:

A number of the knights of Arthur’s court have vowed to seek the Holy Grail along with Galahad, including Gawaine, whom Arthur holds particularly dear. Although this is a moment of great honor and pride for these knights, it is a time of sorrow for Arthur, since he recognizes the danger perhaps better than many of his men do. Only the most worthy knights will be permitted to achieve the Holy Grail, and while Arthur cares deeply for his knights, he knows that most of them have sinned and that it is likely that he won’t see many of them ever again.

This scene of farewell, then, underlines the treacherous nature of quests, even as it also foreshadows greater troubles to come. This is the first time that Arthur’s court has been broken up for a significant amount of time (and indeed, the Sangreal was prophecied as the object that would "break the Round Table"). Much of Arthur’s sorrow stems from the fact that he realizes that the unity the court enjoyed for so long will perhaps never be regained again, or at least not to the same extent as before. Ironically, it is the greatest journey that a knight can take – the Sangreal quest – that threatens to break this strong connection.

Book 14 Quotes

Merlin made the Round Table in tokening of roundness of the world, for by the Round Table is the world signified by right, for all the world, Christian and heathen, repair unto the Round Table; and when they are chosen to be of the fellowship of the Round Table they think them more blessed and more in worship than if they had gotten half the world; and yet have seen that they have lost their fathers and their mothers, and all their kin, and their wives and their children, for to be of your fellowship.

Related Characters: King Arthur, Merlin
Related Symbols: The Round Table
Page Number: Vol 2, 276
Explanation and Analysis:

Merlin has been rather absent in the story for a long while, since he was trapped in a cave by a woman’s magic. Now a bit of background information clarifies the origin of the Round Table, which was created by Merlin. The narrator explains the importance of the symbolism of the table, which is meant to represent not just a particular corner of England and the fellowship of the knights, but the entire world. The Round Table is technically limited to those who are Christian and who show enough prowess to prove themselves worthy of being a part of this limited group; however, part of their task in joining the Round Table is to defend all who need defending, and thus to truly represent all others who are absent from the Table.

In addition, the narrator stresses that despite all that the knights of the Round Table gain from their fellowship, they also lose a great deal as well. They must abandon their parents and their wives and children in order to live a life that is in some ways more artificial, restricted to the purely physical challenges of battle and jousting.

Book 18 Quotes

For ever, said Arthur, it is a worshipful knight’s deed to help another worshipful knight when he seeth him in a great danger; for ever a worshipful man will be loath to see a worshipful man shamed; and he that is of no worship, and fareth with cowardice, never shall he show gentleness, nor no manner of goodness where he seeth a man in any danger, for then ever will a coward show no mercy; and always a good man will do ever to another man as he would be done to himself.

Related Characters: King Arthur (speaker)
Page Number: Vol 2, 425
Explanation and Analysis:

During a tournament called by Arthur, Arthur’s knights had begun to perform quite well against those of Launcelot, so Gareth had decided to disguise himself and fight with Launcelot’s group, helping to regain some of the ground lost. After the tournament, when Arthur learns what Gareth had done, he is gracious rather than angry. He takes the opportunity, indeed, to make a general proclamation on the proper behavior of knights during a fight that turns out to be unequal.

Arthur considers it proper for a knight to join his friend (or indeed, any knight deemed "worshipful" in his reputation) when he sees that the friend is in danger or fighting against unfair odds. For an honorable knight, the possibility for any other honorable knight to be shamed – not just himself – should be enough motivation to help. Such knights are to be contrasted with more cowardly knights, and Arthur claims that the shamefulness of such knights is only confirmed by the fact that these knights fail to show mercy to or come to the aid of others. His final statement – that one should act towards others as he would want to be treated himself – seems to stem from the "Golden Rule" of the New Testament of the Bible, where Jesus’s teachings expressed the same sentiment.

Book 21 Quotes

Through this man and me hath all this war been wrought, and the death of the most noblest knights of the world; for through our love that we have loved together is my most noble lord slain.

Related Characters: Queen Guenever (speaker), King Arthur, Sir Launcelot du Lake
Page Number: Vol 2, 523
Explanation and Analysis:

Launcelot has pursued Guenever who, after learning of the death of Arthur, has shut herself into a convent. Here Guenever is forced to reckon with her profound responsibility for the disintegration of the kingdom and the death of her husband. This is the first time, indeed, that she truly comes to terms with the implications of her adulterous love for Launcelot, a love that had long seemed able to coexist with her responsibilities and proper place as queen. The book has refrained from explicitly judging or condemning the affair between Guenever and Launcelot, although various characters have not refrained from doing so (even if usually for their own benefit or in their own interests). By putting an expression of regret into Guenever’s voice, the narrator continues to espouse more of an ambivalence than a condemnation. However, there is no doubt that Guenever feels deeply ashamed of her actions, as well as struck by the tragic power of love, which has wrought such destruction.

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King Arthur Character Timeline in Le Morte d’Arthur

The timeline below shows where the character King Arthur appears in Le Morte d’Arthur. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1
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...is killed. After his death, Uther, disguised as the Duke, sleeps with Igraine. She conceives Arthur (Uther’s son) that night. Only the next day does she learn that the Duke is... (full context)
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...born, they give it to Merlin, who brings the baby to Ector and names him Arthur. (full context)
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...God’s will. Though Uther has been unable to speak, Merlin asks him if his son Arthur should be the new king of the realm. Uther says, with all around him hearing... (full context)
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...grand tournament. Sir Ector arrives at this festive jousting with Sir Kay, his son, and Arthur. As they’re riding to the jousting area, Kay realizes that he’s left his sword at... (full context)
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...Bible how he got the sword. Kay tells him the truth, and when Ector asks Arthur how he came upon it, Arthur tells him what happened. Ector has Arthur put the... (full context)
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Chapter 6 Kay cannot pull the sword out either. Sir Ector then kneels before Arthur, saying that he is not Arthur’s father, and that Arthur is of a higher kinship.... (full context)
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...Pentecost, many try to pull the sword out of the stone once again, but only Arthur succeeds. The commoners cry that they want Arthur as their king. At the London cathedral,... (full context)
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Chapter 8 In Wales, shortly after his coronation, Arthur proclaims a great Pentecost feast in celebration. Many other kings attend, but it turns out... (full context)
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Chapter 9 King Arthur, with the Archbishop, Sir Kay, and other knights, meet the other kings, but when Arthur... (full context)
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Chapter 10 When King Arthur returns to London, he gathers his barons and asks Merlin to come advise them. Merlin... (full context)
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...both King Ban and King Bors in Benwick. The kings welcome them as they deliver Arthur’s letters, and say that they will agree to ally themselves to Arthur. The kings are... (full context)
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Chapter 11 There are now 700 knights altogether. Arthur and the two kings put on a tournament for them. Griflet, a French knight, jousts... (full context)
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...The three kings go to Bedegraine. Meanwhile, eleven other kings meet and swear to destroy Arthur, each pledging thousands of men for a total of 50,000. They prepare and then divide,... (full context)
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...a huge flood. All believe this is a sign of a great battle. Merlin warns Arthur’s alliance of the approaching enemies, and they prepare to fight. (full context)
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Chapter 14 Arthur, King Ban, and King Bors lead the charge, but 10,000 men are killed on the... (full context)
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Chapter 15 The battle continues to rage, though Arthur is pleased to have “re-horsed” (that is, regained a riding horse for) many of his... (full context)
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...The King of the Hundred Knights fights with Ban and Bors, finally killing Ban’s horse. Arthur rides into battle, though no one recognizes him since there is so much blood on... (full context)
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Chapter 17 Arthur, King Ban, and King Bors meet their knights the next morning and praise them for... (full context)
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...Merlin disguises himself in sheepskins, boots, and a bow and arrow and goes to see Arthur. He asks Arthur to give him a gift, and Arthur asks why he should. Still... (full context)
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After the battle a lady named Lionors arrives to give Arthur homage, and he falls in love with her. She gives birth to his child Borre,... (full context)
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Chapter 18 Arthur, King Ban, and King Bors depart for the country of Cameliard where they rescue Leodegrance... (full context)
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...learn of the Saracens’ siege against their lands, and regret that they had turned against Arthur, who could have helped them. They return to their countries, leaving a few kings in... (full context)
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Chapter 19 King Arthur leaves King Ban and King Bors and rides to Carlion, where Queen Margawse, the wife... (full context)
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To put the dream out of his head, Arthur decides to go hunting with his knights. He sees a great hart (stag deer) and... (full context)
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Chapter 20 Arthur asks the knight, King Pellinore, to entrust the quest to himself for the next year.... (full context)
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Then Merlin returns in the likeness of an 80-year-old man, who seems wise to Arthur. Arthur confides in the man that a child has told him things that he could... (full context)
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...traitor in the world, the causer of the great wars, since she never revealed that Arthur was her son, thus leading the other kings to be suspicious and fight against him.... (full context)
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Chapter 22 A young squire named Griflet asks Arthur to make him a knight, and Merlin advises him that Griflet will become a strong... (full context)
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...he’s killed Griflet, and he hoists him onto his own horse and brings him to Arthur’s court, where Griflet is tended to and saved. Then twelve knights arrive from the Emperor... (full context)
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...24 Merlin arrives and tells Pellinore not to kill his enemy, revealing that it is Arthur. Merlin casts an enchantment over Pellinore, who falls to the ground asleep. Arthur reproaches Merlin... (full context)
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Chapter 25 Arthur goes to a hermit who cures his wounds, then returns to Merlin. Merlin gives Arthur... (full context)
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Arthur decides to return to avenge himself against Pellinore, but Merlin tells him not to, as... (full context)
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Chapter 26 King Rience, a rival king, sends a messenger to Arthur saying that he has overcome eleven kings, and they have each given Rience homage by... (full context)
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Chapter 27 Merlin tells Arthur that he should destroy all children born on May-Day, as this is the birthday of... (full context)
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Chapter 1 King Arthur must fight many battles in order to conquer all of England, which is currently divided... (full context)
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...The lady leaves, sorrowful about Balin’s fate. Balin prepares to leave for an adventure, and Arthur says he’ll be welcome back any time. (full context)
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Chapter 3 The Lady of the Lake arrives at court and asks for her gift. Arthur asks her what the name of his sword is, and she says Excalibur. The Lady... (full context)
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...Lanceor is jealous of Balin for having achieved the sword, so he asks permission from Arthur to avenge himself. Arthur, still angry at Balin, agrees. Merlin comes to court, and explains... (full context)
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...Balan says he has come to find his brother, having heard of his deeds at Arthur’s court. Balin is upset that Arthur is angry at him, he confides, and he suggests... (full context)
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...his men. Rience asks them not to kill him, and they deliver him to King Arthur’s porters. Arthur asks Rience who has defeated him, but Rience doesn’t know the knights’ names.... (full context)
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Chapter 10 Arthur prepares for battle. Though Nero has many more fighters, Arthur’s knights perform better than all.... (full context)
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...with her four sons, as well as King Uriens and his wife Morgan le Fay, Arthur’s sister. Merlin through magic covers the tombs with golden images and a taper of burning... (full context)
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Chapter 12 After a day or two Arthur grows sick and lies down. A knight in mourning comes by him, refusing to tell... (full context)
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...scabbard of Balin’s sword on the island for Galahad to find. Then Merlin goes to Arthur and tells him the whole tale. (full context)
Book 3
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Chapter 1 After some time as king, Arthur asks Merlin for counsel, since his barons are harassing him to choose a wife. Merlin... (full context)
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Merlin goes to King Leodegrance to tell him of Arthur’s love for the king’s daughter. Leodegrance is pleased and sends his daughter with Merlin. (full context)
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Chapter 2 Arthur is overjoyed to hear that Guenever is on her way. He asks Merlin to collect... (full context)
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...into court riding next to a young man of 18 years and asks for King Arthur. The poor man says he has heard that Arthur has sworn to give any man... (full context)
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...not his real father—it’s actually King Pellinore. Merlin has Tors’s fetched, who tells Merlin and Arthur that when she was a maid, a knight had slept with her by force, and... (full context)
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Chapter 4 The next day Pellinore comes to Arthur’s court and is pleased to meet his son. There are two empty places among the... (full context)
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Chapter 5 Arthur and Guenever’s wedding takes place and a high feast is prepared. As all are seated,... (full context)
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...white brachet had run by them: since they knew this was an adventure made for Arthur’s high feast, the elder wanted to chase them to win glory, but the younger claimed... (full context)
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...knight to arise, for now he’ll have mercy, and Gawaine tells him to go to Arthur and tell him what happened. (full context)
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...Gawaine the next morning and asks for his name. She cries that he must be Arthur’s nephew, and she tells the four knights, who give him the white hart’s head as... (full context)
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...for mercy, which Tor grants him—with the condition that he go as prisoner to King Arthur. Then the dwarf asks Tor if he might do him service, since he no longer... (full context)
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...he is greeted with joy and shares his adventures with the court. Following Merlin’s counsel, Arthur gives Tor an earldom. (full context)
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Chapter 12 Pellinore, meanwhile, rides after the lady stolen by the knight at Arthur’s feast. He comes across a lady sitting by a well in the forest, who asks... (full context)
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...rides to the pavilion and cries out to the lady to accompany him back to Arthur’s court. He asks why the knights are fighting: one says she is his cousin, so... (full context)
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...of the Round Table. The other is bringing a poison that a so-called friend of Arthur’s will feed to him. The Camelot knight warns him of Merlin’s all-knowing powers. The two... (full context)
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The quest of the white hart, brachet, and lady are now finished. Arthur grants various lands to the knights and tells them never to murder or betray their... (full context)
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...and she entertains him as she learns magic from him. Meanwhile, Merlin continues to tell Arthur what will happen, including that Merlin himself will not long be with him. Arthur says... (full context)
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Chapter 2 As Arthur is preparing a great feast in Camelot, he learns that five kings are preparing war... (full context)
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Chapter 3 The five kings agree and slip towards the forest by night, as Arthur and his men lie unarmed, thinking they are safe. But someone betrays their location, and... (full context)
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Chapter 4 King Pellinore finally arrives and learns of the victory. They celebrate and Arthur founds the Abbey of La Beale Adventure on the site of the battle. But the... (full context)
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Chapter 5 For the fourth knight, Pellinore says that Arthur should choose between his son Sir Tor and Sir Bagdemagus. He doesn’t want to be... (full context)
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Chapter 6 Arthur, Uriens, and Sir Accolon of Gaul begin a hunt after a great hart. Their horses... (full context)
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...next to his wife (Morgan le Fay) in Camelot, though they were two days away; Arthur awakens in a dark prison cell. (full context)
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Chapter 7 Arthur hears mournful clamor around him, and the other prisoners tell him they have been kept... (full context)
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A damsel comes to tell Arthur (who is not recognized as the king) that he will be delivered from prison if... (full context)
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...arrives sent from Morgan le Fay (Accolon’s lover), saying that she has sent Accolon Excalibur, Arthur’s sword, along with its magical scabbard, with which to fight against a knight the next... (full context)
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...made Accolon lodge with Ontzlake, so he volunteers to fight for him. The next day Arthur mounts on horseback, and a damsel from Morgan sends him a likeness of his sword... (full context)
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...men fight strenuously against each other. Nimue, who had enchanted Merlin arrives for love of Arthur and to save his life through her magic. Arthur, seeing the blood-splotched ground, realizes that... (full context)
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Chapter 10 Finally Arthur’s sword breaks, and Accolon cries that his enemy is overcome and must yield to him.... (full context)
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Chapter 11 Accolon says he got it from Morgan le Fay to kill King Arthur, her brother, since she hates him and loves Accolon, and wants to kill her husband... (full context)
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Chapter 12 All kneel and ask for mercy from Arthur, who grants it, though he asks for a little rest. He orders Sir Damas, since... (full context)
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Chapter 13 Morgan believes Arthur is dead, so she prepares to kill Uriens in his sleep. She tells her maiden... (full context)
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...Morgan asks Guenever permission to leave on a ride, and she goes in search of Arthur, thinking to steal away his sword. Morgan finds him asleep with Excalibur in his hand,... (full context)
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Arthur arms himself and Sir Ontzlake and they ride out in search of Morgan. Arthur catches... (full context)
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Chapter 15 Morgan rides on away from Arthur, and encounters one knight about to lead another bound hand and foot to drown in... (full context)
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Arthur rides to Camelot, where everyone marvels at Morgan’s treachery. When Manassen returns and tells Arthur... (full context)
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Chapter 16 Nimue comes to Arthur and tells him not to put the mantle on until he commands the messenger to... (full context)
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...castle and declares that he’s killed Pelleas. He identifies himself as a member of King Arthur’s court. Ettard says that this is a pity since Pelleas was a good knight, but... (full context)
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...to yield, and they kneel down to Marhaus, and promise not to be enemies of Arthur. (full context)
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...Uwaine restores the lands to the Lady of the Rock, and sends Sir Hue to Arthur’s court. Uwaine recovers at the castle for half a year, and then meets Marhaus and... (full context)
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...again, the three knights ride through a forest and meet with a messenger of King Arthur, who wants to bring Gawaine and Uwaine back to court. They arrive at Camelot with... (full context)
Book 5
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Chapter 1 King Arthur rests after many long wars. Then, during a feast, twelve old men come as messengers... (full context)
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...over his lands they extorted the people unfairly. He says he’ll pledge 20,000 soldiers to Arthur to fight against Rome. The other kings and knights at the feast agree and pledge... (full context)
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Chapter 3 Arthur gathers his army together, and ordains two governors, including Sir Constantine, to govern the kingdom... (full context)
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Chapter 4 In his ship, Arthur dreams of a dragon that kills many of his people and bathes the land and... (full context)
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Chapter 5 A man comes to Arthur and tells him that a giant has been killing people in the country of Constantine... (full context)
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Arthur continues onto a hill where he sees the giant gnawing at a man’s limb, and... (full context)
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Chapter 6 Arthur sends Sir Gawaine, Sir Bors de Ganis, Sir Lionel, and Sir Bedivere to Lucius to... (full context)
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...capture Sir Bors de Ganis, but Gawaine and another knight rescue them. Gawaine sends for Arthur for help. Before Arthur arrives, Gawaine and the others manage to make the Romans flee,... (full context)
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...massive Roman camp. Launcelot and Cador have only 10,000 men, but they kill many Romans. Arthur praises them for their courage in fighting despite being overmatched, and Launcelot says that it... (full context)
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...cowardly. He tries to restore confidence in his men before another massive battle, and meanwhile Arthur does the same. The battle lasts a long time, with bloodshed on both sides, until... (full context)
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Chapter 19 Arthur and his men ride through Lorraine, Flanders, and into Tuscany, which they besiege since the... (full context)
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...A giant kills many Britons, but they kill many more, finally conquering: they return to Arthur with prisoners and treasure. (full context)
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Chapter 12 Gawaine introduces Priamus to Arthur and tells him of their adventure. Arthur makes him a knight of the Round Table.... (full context)
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On the way they lay siege to the city of Urbino, though Arthur orders his men not to do harm to any women. When the people of Milan... (full context)
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...But Belleus reassures her that Launcelot is a good man. The lady asks Launcelot if Arthur can make Belleus a knight of the Round Table. Launcelot agrees, and in the morning... (full context)
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...Launcelot and sends for her father, who embraces him. Since there will be some of Arthur’s knights fighting against Bagdemagus, Launcelot says he’ll use another shield so as to remain unknown.... (full context)
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...parts, Sir Turquine, whom no one has ever conquered. He has about 64 knights of Arthur’s court imprisoned. The damsel asks Launcelot, after he goes after Turquine, to return and help... (full context)
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...Duke of Cornwall, the man who had married Igraine before she married Uther and had Arthur. (full context)
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Chapter 13 Launcelot rides into the forest and encounters knights of Arthur’s court, Gawaine, Uwaine, Ector de Maris, and Sagramour le Desirous. Sagramour decides to test the... (full context)
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...he is cured. He departs the next morning, vowing to meet again at Pentecost at Arthur’s court. (full context)
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...head with him and not to rest until he arrives before Guenever. When Pedivere reaches Arthur’s court, Guenever exclaims that what he did was a shameful, horrible deed. She tells Pedivere... (full context)
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Chapter 1 Arthur’s tradition at Pentecost is not to eat until he’s heard of or seen a great... (full context)
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...damsel’s adventure, and secondly, he asks to be made a knight of Launcelot du Lake. Arthur agrees, but the damsel is upset that she is only granted the “kitchen page” to... (full context)
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...is the Knight of the Black Launds, who asks the damsel about this knight of Arthur. She says Beaumains is only a kitchen knave: she’d be grateful to be rid of... (full context)
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...did, so he says he will grant mercy. He decides to send the Knight to Arthur’s court to ask mercy from Launcelot and Gawaine. For 10 days they rest and recover,... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Arthur prepares to hold his Pentecost feast. The Green, Red, and Blue Knights arrive to tell... (full context)
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Chapter 24 After granting pardons to the knights, Arthur asks where he can find Beaumains, but they don’t know. Arthur says he’ll make them... (full context)
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...and the Queen of Orkney (Margawse) arrives. Gawaine, Agravaine, and Gaheris greet her. Margawse rebukes Arthur for having made her son, Gareth, a kitchen knave, and asks where he is. Arthur... (full context)
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...of the Red Launds and Sir Persant to fight with Gareth against the kings of Arthur’s court. Knights come from many lands to take part in the tournament. (full context)
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...turn, so that he cannot easily be recognized. Gareth continues to strike knights down, and Arthur himself is impressed by the “knight of many colors.” He asks Launcelot to joust with... (full context)
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Chapter 30 Arthur sends heralds to approach the yellow knight, and one cries that this is Sir Gareth.... (full context)
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...arrives at a castle and asks for lodging, but when they learn he is of Arthur’s court, they say that the duke who owns this castle is not a friend of... (full context)
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...and deduces that these must be their husbands’ bodies. Gareth tells them to go to Arthur’s court for the next Pentecost. (full context)
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...They joust for an hour before Gareth wins. He orders the Duke to go to Arthur’s court and say he sent him. (full context)
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...other is, the brothers embrace. Gawaine says that Gareth has sent more conquered knights to Arthur than the best of the Round Table, except Sir Launcelot. Linet comes and heals the... (full context)
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Chapter 34 Arthur asks Gareth and Lionesse if they would like to marry each other: each swears eternal... (full context)
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...Gareth, as do the other conquered knights. They prepare a jousting for only unmarried knights. Arthur makes Persant, his two brothers, and Sir Ironside (the Knight of the Red Launds) knights... (full context)
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...Sir Andred, who says he was sent by King Mark to fetch two knights of Arthur’s court, but they beat and wounded him. Tristram vows to revenge him if he meets... (full context)
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...but a storm drives them onto the coast by Camelot. That day two knights of Arthur’s come to their pavilion and ask Tristram to joust. He wins against them both, and... (full context)
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Chapter 20 Bleoberis had summoned King Anguish to Arthur’s court for treason. Arthur was abroad at the time, so he assigned King Carados and... (full context)
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...to ask Tristram to spare Palomides. Tristram agrees, and Isoud tells Palomides to go to Arthur and recommend Isoud to Guenever. Isoud says to tell Guenever that there are only four... (full context)
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...council, and they suggest that he make amends with Tristram, for should he defect to Arthur’s court he will be strengthened even more. Mark agrees and welcomes Tristram back home. (full context)
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...le Fay, knowing of the affair between Guenever and Launcelot, is sending the horn to Arthur. Lamorak orders the knight to send it to King Mark instead, so as to test... (full context)
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Meanwhile a knight from Brittany comes to Arthur’s court and tells of Tristram’s marriage. Launcelot cries that Tristram is untrue to his lady,... (full context)
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...to him and tell him that the lord of the Isle, Nabon le Noire, hates Arthur’s knights, and recently killed Lamorak’s cousin. Lamorak decides to fight Nabon in revenge. (full context)
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...past conflicts. Segwarides brings Tristram to a lady nearby, who says that a knight of Arthur’s has been shipwrecked. The lady brings Lamorak, who doesn’t recognize Tristram. Lamorak reveals his name,... (full context)
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...up and takes the lady with him. Lamorak calls after Gawaine, who says he is Arthur’s nephew, so Lamorak cannot do anything to him. Gawaine runs toward the sleeping knight, who... (full context)
Book 9
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Chapter 1 A young man, Breunor le Noire, comes to Arthur’s court in a gold but oddly fitting overgarment. Sir Kay nicknames him La Cote Male... (full context)
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The next day Arthur rides out to slay a hart with some knights, and Breunor is left behind with... (full context)
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...draw, so he decided he must die, and asked this shield to be brought to Arthur’s court for another to fulfill the quest he was on. Sir Kay takes it, but... (full context)
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Chapter 3 Sir Kay orders Arthur’s fool, Sir Dagonet, to follow after them armed. He does so, and calls out to... (full context)
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Chapter 5 Meanwhile, Launcelot comes to Arthur’s court and hears of La Cote Male Taile’s exploits. Launcelot decides that Maledisant must be... (full context)
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...conquers them all and races into the castle. The castle’s lord is an enemy of Arthur. He comes to meet Launcelot, and they fight until Launcelot conquers him, at which the... (full context)
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...down. In the castle he finds many knights imprisoned. Launcelot tells Plenorius to go to Arthur’s court next Pentecost. They rest and recover. (full context)
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...at the castle too, and they all depart after 10 days. They ride back to Arthur’s court, where La Cote Male Taile and Plenorius are made knights of the Round Table.... (full context)
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...deeply. Then Launcelot and Bleoberis come, and Launcelot asks why they’re fighting—they’re both knights of Arthur. (full context)
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...Bleoberis says that this is no reason to fight. They all leave each other. Later Arthur comes and jousts with Lamorak, wounding him with a spear before riding away. Lamorak is... (full context)
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Chapter 16 Arthur, meanwhile, is enchanted into the Forest Perilous by a sorceress, Annowre, who is in love... (full context)
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Arthur thanks Tristram heartily, but Tristram refuses to share his name. They ride together until they... (full context)
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Chapter 19 One day Arthur’s fool Dagonet comes into Cornwall and passes by a well where Tristram is resting. Tristram... (full context)
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...Mark recognizes Tristram he’ll banish or kill him, so she begs him to go to Arthur’s court, where he is loved, and she’ll send for him when she can. Tristram, angry... (full context)
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...they banish him for 10 years. Many barons prepare a ship. Sir Dinadan comes from Arthur’s court to joust with Tristram before welcoming him. Tristram knocks him from his horse, and... (full context)
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...the first day, many marvel at Tristram with his black shield, wondering who he is. Arthur gives him the first day’s prize. (full context)
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Chapter 31 In the morning Palomides rides to Arthur’s side, and he sends a damsel to Tristram to ask his name. Tristram says he... (full context)
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...The King withdraws his knights, and suddenly Tristram, Dinadan, and Gouvernail ride into the forest. Arthur blows the horn to end the 2nd day, and gives the King of Northgalis the... (full context)
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...On the third day Tristram and Palomides fight, and Tristram wins—and he even strikes down Arthur as well. Tristram jousts with Palomides, who almost beats him, but finally Tristram strikes him... (full context)
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Meanwhile Launcelot becomes the star of the tournament. Arthur is refreshed and joins in. Finally he gives the prize to Launcelot, though others are... (full context)
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Chapter 35 Launcelot is praised and honored. But he is ashamed and goes to Arthur to suggest they find the Knight of the Black Shield: since he had said that... (full context)
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...must now promise to take a shield to the castle of the Hard Rock, where Arthur has decreed a tournament, and to perform well for her there. The shield depicts Guenever... (full context)
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Chapter 44 There Tristram does many great exploits with Morgan’s shield. Arthur doesn’t understand what it means, but Guenever does and grows anxious. A damsel of Morgan... (full context)
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...Tristram says he doesn’t know what the shield means but has promised to carry it. Arthur asks his name, and he refuses to give it. Arthur says he’ll battle the knight,... (full context)
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...up and asked who the lady’s lover was, and when he said he was from Arthur’s court, the strange knight said he hated all from Arthur’s court, and he fought with... (full context)
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...he is welcomed joyfully. He shares that he was meant to fight today with Palomides. Arthur takes Tristram by his hand and introduces him to all the knights, and then makes... (full context)
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Chapter 7 Mark hears of the great prowess of Tristram at Arthur’s court and is jealous, so he sends a messenger, who reports that Tristram can vanquish... (full context)
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...cousins. Dinadan asks Berluse to hold off since he has promised to take Mark to Arthur’s court, even though he now regrets this promise. Berluse says Dinadan should not remain with... (full context)
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...against Dinadan was in fact Sir Tor. The next day Dinadan sees six knights of Arthur and decides he’ll trick Mark into jousting with one of them. He proposes they fight... (full context)
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...strike the knight, but the knight smites him down as well. The same happens to Arthur’s other knights. They ask the knight’s name, but he won’t tell. (full context)
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...fast to Camelot. There Mark kills Amant, who is waiting to declare Mark’s treason to Arthur. Mark leaves again from court, frightened of Dinadan’s knowledge. (full context)
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Chapter 15 Amant, about to die, goes to Arthur and tells him how the cowardly Mark has slain him and Bersules, all because they... (full context)
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...Dinadan promises to keep Palomides from harm, and to ensure that he is welcomed to Arthur’s court. (full context)
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...pass a castle, where Dinadan says Morgan le Fay lives and keeps many knights of Arthur prisoner. Everyone who passes this way must joust with a knight or two of the... (full context)
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Chapter 20 Meanwhile Brandiles comes to Arthur’s court to tell of how Dagonet chased Mark through the forest. Mark says that he... (full context)
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Chapter 21 Arthur announces a jousting tournament. Tristram, Launcelot, and Dinadan decide not to joust. Gawaine wins at... (full context)
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Chapter 22 One day Arthur asks Mark to give him a gift: that Mark will take Tristram to Cornwall, let... (full context)
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...Tristram leave, a knight, Aglavale, arrives to court with a young squire, whom he asks Arthur to make a knight. Aglavale says the squire is Pellinore’s son, a brother of himself... (full context)
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...he’s naked and unarmed, he but orders Lamorak to leave. Angry and grieving, Lamorak leaves Arthur’s court. But when Arthur learns Gaheris has killed his mother (who is also Arthur’s half-sister),... (full context)
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Chapter 26 A knight comes from Cornwall to Arthur’s court, and shares tidings of Tristram. Launcelot sends a damsel with a letter to Tristram... (full context)
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Chapter 27 Mark’s letter to Arthur hints at Guenever and Launcelot’s affair, but Arthur thinks that this is only a rumor... (full context)
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Tristram sends for Alisander to come to King Arthur’s court. Mark sends a knight to follow Alisander, who meets and kills him. Mark writes... (full context)
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A certain Alice, daughter of Duke Ansirus the Pilgrim, declares in Arthur’s court that whoever can overcome the knight that keeps that piece of earth will have... (full context)
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...40 Alice has a son named Bellengerus le Beuse, who would become a knight in Arthur’s court and avenge his father’s murder (and Tristram’s) by Mark. But we leave this tale... (full context)
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Sir Galahalt, the lord of Surluse, comes to Arthur’s court to suggest he hold a joust. Arthur tells Guenever to go without him. She... (full context)
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...himself to be Lamorak. Guenever praises him, then asks Launcelot not to fight others of Arthur’s men. (full context)
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...begins again, and a Saracen strikes down three brothers of Gawaine: Mordred, Gaheris, and Agravaine. Arthur hears of this and is angry, so he decides to fight himself. Lamorak and Palomides... (full context)
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...In the morning Guenever and Launcelot depart for Camelot. But Lamorak refuses to go, although Arthur has promised to protect him against Gawaine and his brothers. Lamorak pledges allegiance to Arthur,... (full context)
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Chapter 52 Tristram and Isoud arrive to England, where Tristram joins a jousting of Arthur’s in disguise. Launcelot prepares to fight him, but Isoud sends him a ring and warns... (full context)
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...him. Upon hearing this, Percivale (Lamorak’s brother) swoons in grief. Then a valet arrives from Arthur to tell them of the tournament. (full context)
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...their killers. They prepare to do battle, and Tristram learns their names: Agravaine and Gaheris, Arthur’s nephews. Tristram says he’ll let them pass for Arthur’s sake, though they are murderers, as... (full context)
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...cries that he would kill the brothers who did it if they weren’t relatives of Arthur. Gareth says that he doesn’t meddle with his brothers’ affairs, and he’s cut himself off... (full context)
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...all Hermance’s castles. Tristram says he would accept, but has already promised to be at Arthur’s tournament. Palomides offers to take it, and Tristram says they should meet at the joust... (full context)
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The whole city celebrates, but Palomides promised to go to Arthur’s tournament, so he leaves. He meets Tristram at Joyous Gard, Launcelot’s castle, and Tristram and... (full context)
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...Lonazep. A loud horn blows: a knight tells Tristram that it announces those fighting against Arthur at the tournament, including Marhalt, the father of Marhaus killed by Tristram. (full context)
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Chapter 67 Tristram continues to Lonazep, but Gawaine and Galihodin arrive to Arthur first and tell him about the knight with the white horse that smote down so... (full context)
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Chapter 68 Palomides suggests to Tristram that they fight against Arthur, since Launcelot and many other worthy knights will be on his side, so they will... (full context)
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Chapter 69 Palomides strikes down 20 knights, and Tristram 30, mostly of the house of Arthur. Arthur tells Launcelot that this is shameful, and Launcelot offers to fight them alongside Bleoberis... (full context)
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...Tristram orders Dinadan to fetch Isoud and bring her to his pavilion. Launcelot says to Arthur that he suspects Palomides is the green knight, and marvels that he began first and... (full context)
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...Isoud, Palomides, and Gareth. Watching from a window, Launcelot remarks at the woman’s beauty, and Arthur tells him that it’s Isoud, who is fairer than anyone but Guenever. Arthur suggests they... (full context)
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...into the thick of the fighting and does just as well as Palomides. Launcelot tells Arthur, as they watch, that this must be Tristram. (full context)
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Chapter 75 Launcelot enters the fray and performs well, but refuses to fight against Tristram. Arthur remarks that Palomides seems to be envious of Tristram. Tristram rides to the pavilion to... (full context)
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...Isoud. They take off their helmets, and Dinadan tells Tristram that they are Launcelot and Arthur. They all embrace and disarm. Arthur praises Isoud’s beauty and Tristram’s prowess. Arthur asks why... (full context)
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...the fighting begins again. Palomides does well at first, but then Tristram performs even better. Arthur disguises himself with Launcelot, and Tristram strikes Arthur down without knowing. Launcelot strikes down 30... (full context)
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Chapter 80 Tristram tells Palomides, Gareth, and Dinadan that he will switch to Arthur’s side, so that the king isn’t dishonored. The others agree except for Palomides, who refuses... (full context)
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...to fight, but Palomides says he was in prison at the time. Palomides rides to Arthur’s court to be given knights and sergeants. A few days before the battle, Tristram is... (full context)
Book 11
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...Launcelot and his son, Galahad. Around the time of Galahad’s birth a hermit comes to Arthur’s court and predicts that the knight who will occupy the empty Siege Perilous (one of... (full context)
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...Bors strikes down the knight, whose name is Pedivere. Bors orders him to go to Arthur’s court to yield himself as prisoner. Pedivere leaves and Bors lies down to rest, but... (full context)
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...angers Guenever, but when Launcelot tells her how he was tricked, she forgives him. Then Arthur returns from France and prepares a great feast. (full context)
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...Elaine of Corbin gets permission from her father to ride with Brisen to the feast. Arthur and Guenever welcome her, as do all the knights but Launcelot, who is ashamed and... (full context)
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...find him. They meet a knight, Melion de Tartare, who is on his way to Arthur’s court, and ask him to tell them of their failure. Gawaine, Uwaine, Sagramore le Desirous,... (full context)
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...brings Percivale to his own castle. In the morning Percivale tells Persides to go to Arthur’s court and tell him how he rescued him. He also tells him to remind Kay... (full context)
Book 12
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...father if he might have a place in his court, since he’s now banned from Arthur’s. She swears to do so, and Pelles agrees to place him in the Castle of... (full context)
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...daughter 15 years before. Bors asks the king to take his son with him to Arthur’s court, where Helin is made knight. (full context)
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Meanwhile, Ector de Maris and Percivale ask Launcelot to return with them to Arthur, but Launcelot says he cannot. Ector says that Arthur and Guenever are distraught at his... (full context)
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Chapter 10 Within five days they arrive at Camelot, where all rejoice at Launcelot’s return. Arthur says he’s assumed that Launcelot left because of love of Elaine of Corbin, but everyone... (full context)
Book 13
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Chapter 2 Galahad refuses to accompany Launcelot to Arthur’s court, however, instead leaving with Bors de Ganis and Lionel. At court, new letters in... (full context)
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Chapter 4 Arthur welcomes the two, and the old man leads the child to the Siege Perilous. Letters... (full context)
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Chapter 5 Arthur points to the sword by the river, saying that many knights have failed to take... (full context)
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Chapter 6 Arthur orders all his knights to have a great tournament. Galahad wins against every knight, except... (full context)
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...the Sangreal for a year and a day before returning. All others swear too, and Arthur realizes that many of his knights may die in this quest. (full context)
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Chapter 8 Arthur’s eyes fill with tears as he prepares to bid farewell to his knights, and the... (full context)
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...they come across the seven brother knights who declare that they’ll destroy any knights of Arthur who love Galahad, since he is the one who has driven them from their castle.... (full context)
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...meets twenty men of arms carrying a slain knight. When he says he comes from Arthur’s court, they prepare to kill him, but Percivale fights back. They are about to overtake... (full context)
Book 16
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Chapter 3 Gawaine cries out in sorrow. Uwaine asks him to recommend himself to Arthur and the court. Gawaine and Ector de Maris begin to weep as Uwaine dies. They... (full context)
Book 17
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...to Scotland. The lady says that if the inhabitants learn that the knights are from Arthur’s court, they’ll fight them. Galahad says that God shall deliver them from their enemies. (full context)
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...her father and killed many priests, burning down many chapels. God, therefore, is pleased at Arthur’s knights, he says. (full context)
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...learns that over half the knights of the Round Table have been killed. Launcelot tells Arthur that out of Galahad, Percivale, and Sir Bors, he will only see one again. (full context)
Book 18
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Chapter 3 Patrise’s cousin Mador goes to Arthur to accuse the queen of treason. Arthur says he will allow her to choose a... (full context)
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...dinner, so the others might suspect him. The queen kneels before Bors and begs him. Arthur enters and cries for Bors to have mercy on her, for Launcelot’s sake. Bors promises... (full context)
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...thighs. Mador asks for mercy and yields to him, releasing the queen from his accusation. Arthur and Guenever thank the knight, and ask him to take off his helmet and take... (full context)
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...him of these rumors, says he’ll go to the tournament himself, but will fight against Arthur and his group. Launcelot departs to Astolat, where he stays at Sir Bernard’s manor. Arthur... (full context)
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...staunches his blood and forces him to drink good wine. Meanwhile, the foreign knights tell Arthur that the unknown knight has left, wounded. Arthur asks Gawaine to find him and help... (full context)
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...who most loved him in the world wounded him. In the morning, Gawaine rides to Arthur and tells him what he found out, then shares to all at court that it... (full context)
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...is recovered, Sir Bors tells him of a great tournament that is taking place between Arthur and the King of Northgalis. They remain at the hermitage a month longer, with Elaine... (full context)
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Chapter 18 Bors leaves for Arthur’s court and shares news of Launcelot, telling the queen that Launcelot was in such a... (full context)
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Chapter 20 One day Arthur and Guenever are at a window, when they see a black barge riding down the... (full context)
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...Christmas: Launcelot jousts rarely, but Lavaine always joins in and does better than almost all. Arthur decides to anoint him knight at the next feast of Pentecost, and prepares a great... (full context)
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...he’ll still participate in the joust. Many foreign kings arrive, as well as many in Arthur’s party. (full context)
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...23 The horn blows and the kings of Ireland, Scotland, Northumberland, and Northgalis all joust. Arthur strikes down many other kings and knights, and the knights of the Round Table begin... (full context)
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Chapter 24 The tournament lasts until night. Gawaine tells Arthur that he assumes Launcelot is the knight with a gold sleeve, and the knights next... (full context)
Book 19
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...Marks from Launcelot’s wounded hand, and cries that he has proof of her betrayal to Arthur. When her ten knights hear his words, they cry together that Meliagrance is wrong, and... (full context)
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...horse, so everyone thinks that Launcelot has left suddenly. They return to Camelot and tell Arthur of Launcelot’s agreement to defend the queen of treason. (full context)
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...to be burnt, since Launcelot has not appeared at his battle with Meliagrance. Lavaine asks Arthur’s permission to fight instead, since Launcelot must either be dead or trapped in prison. But... (full context)
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...world looks after his wounds. Urre’s mother takes him to many lands and finally to Arthur’s court. Arthur welcomes him, encouraging his knights to try to heal Urre. (full context)
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Chapter 11 Arthur and other kings try but fail to heal the wounds, as well as many knights... (full context)
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Chapter 12 Arthur asks himself where Launcelot is. Finally Launcelot arrives to make his attempt, but he’s afraid... (full context)
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Chapter 13 Arthur prepares two parties, each of 100 knights, for a joust. Lavaine and Urre joust the... (full context)
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...tell the king. Gawaine tries to remind Agravaine of how often Launcelot has saved both Arthur and Guenever, as well as many knights’ lives. Arthur then comes into the chamber. Gawaine... (full context)
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Chapter 2 Agravaine announces to Arthur that everyone knows of Launcelot’s affair with Guenever. Arthur is reluctant to believe it, since... (full context)
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...morality of their former actions, now it is his responsibility to defend her, especially if Arthur decides to burn her at the stake. Bors and the others say they will care... (full context)
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Chapter 7 Mordred, having escaped from Launcelot, rides wounded to Arthur and tells him what happened. Arthur cries that he is greatly grieved that Launcelot is... (full context)
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Chapter 8 Arthur tells Gawaine, Gaheris, and Gareth to prepare Guenever for the fire. Gawaine refuses to assist... (full context)
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Chapter 9 Arthur swoons from sorrow at hearing of the death of Gaheris and Gareth, crying that his... (full context)
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Chapter 10 When Gawaine rushes to Arthur, Arthur tells him that Launcelot killed his brothers accidentally. Gawaine swears never to rest until... (full context)
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Chapter 11 Then one day Launcelot calls to Arthur and Gawaine to ask them to give up the siege rather than risk dishonor on... (full context)
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Chapter 12 Arthur would have just taken his queen and returned home, but Gawaine refuses to make any... (full context)
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...and strikes him down: the battle begun, many more are slain. Sir Bors strikes down Arthur and prepares to kill him, but Launcelot orders him not to, and he rehorses Arthur... (full context)
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Chapter 14 Arthur wants to agree but Gawaine won’t make peace with Launcelot. Launcelot agrees to bring Guenever... (full context)
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Chapter 15 Launcelot cries that he’s brought Guenever according to the Pope’s command. He tells Arthur of Agravaine’s and Mordred’s treacherous actions, but Gawaine says they were right. Launcelot says he... (full context)
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...any wrongs. He kisses her and dares anyone to say that she isn’t true to Arthur. All weep as he leaves, except for Gawaine. Launcelot goes to his castle and draws... (full context)
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Chapter 29 Meanwhile Arthur and Gawaine prepare a great army to fight against Launcelot’s people. They sail to Benwick... (full context)
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...to kill or be killed by Launcelot. Launcelot, hearing the answer, weeps. In the morning, Arthur’s knights besiege the city of Benwick. A battle begins, and the siege lasts for half... (full context)
Book 21
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...Mordred has been given responsibility for Guenever. He receives letters from across the sea saying Arthur has been killed in battle. Mordred makes a feast and has the lords choose him... (full context)
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Then Mordred hears that Arthur (who is alive) has heard of his siege, and is pausing the fight with Launcelot... (full context)
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Chapter 2 Arthur comes to Dover with a great navy. A great battle takes place, and Arthur’s men... (full context)
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Chapter 3 Arthur’s men battle Mordred’s once again, and then prepare to meet a third time, on an... (full context)
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Chapter 4 Mordred agrees, but Arthur warns his knights to keep watch, since he suspects Mordred of wrongdoing. Likewise Mordred warns... (full context)
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Sir Lucan and Bedivere lead Arthur to a chapel. They hear a great noise in the field, and the two knights... (full context)
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Chapter 5 Arthur cries that none of this would have happened if Launcelot were here. Lucan tries to... (full context)
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...number of ladies brought a corpse to him at night. Bedivere cries that this was Arthur. Bedivere swears to remain here forever, and puts on poor clothes. The narrator shares that... (full context)
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Chapter 7 Some men now say that Arthur is not dead, but hiding by God’s grace, and will come again. Others say that... (full context)
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...knights and mourns there. But then they learn of the deaths of both Mordred and Arthur. Launcelot cries that they’ve come too late. He tells his men to leave for their... (full context)
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Chapter 9 Launcelot finds Guenever in her convent. Guenever cries that Arthur is dead because of her and Launcelot’s love. Guenever asks Launcelot never to see her... (full context)
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...Guenever, and he doesn’t weep, but only sighs. He bears her body to Glastonbury, where Arthur is buried, and the Bishop sings a great Mass. As they bury her, the hermit... (full context)
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...go to the Bishop’s hermitage. Then Sir Constantine is chosen king of England. Many of Arthur’s knights leave the kingdom and live elsewhere as holy men. Others go to the Holy... (full context)