The Once and Future King

The Once and Future King


T. H. White

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The Once and Future King: Book 3, Chapter 44 Summary & Analysis

The second trial by combat is more sensational than the first. Lancelot arrives at the very last minute, riding one of Sir Meliagrance's white horses. Meliagrance goes down at the first charge and refuses to get up. Lancelot offers him new terms: a fight to the death with Lancelot only wearing armor on the right side of his body and with his left hand tied behind his back. Even half-naked, Lancelot quickly decapitates the other knight.
Lancelot strips off half his armor to ensure it is a fair fight—but this only adds to the trial's sensationalism. Lancelot is still conflicted as he knows he will kill a man whose accusation is true.
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