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The Legend of King Arthur -      By the ninth century people all over were telling the fabulous tales and romances about Arthur and his kingdom. The common people heard them sung by bards, while in the court poets wrote different versions. In each retelling the speaker would select certain details for emphasis and introduce new elements, so that the story could be adapted to the particular time and audience. Although most historians believe that there actually did exist an Arthur, they differ on how major his role was on influencing society during his time....   [tags: History King Arthur Essays] 2265 words
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Comparing King Arthur and With Honors - Comparing King Arthur and With Honors Have you ever watched a movie or read a novel without a plot. Most likely your answer to this question would be no, because it would be dull. No one wants to hear a story with no intrigue or conflict. As you read a novel or watch a film, you want to connect with the characters and feel you can relate to the situations they’re dealing with. In every film and every story there’s a conflict the main character(s) is facing. The story of King Arthur, and the film With Honors appear at first to be on opposite sides of the entertainment spectrum....   [tags: Movies Film With Honors King Arthur Essays] 662 words
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King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory - King Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory the feast of Pentacost all manner of men assayed to pull at the sword that wold assay, but none might prevail but Arthur, and he pulled it afore all the lords and commons that were there, wherefore all the commons cried at once, 'We will have Arthur unto our king; we will put him no more in delay, for we all see that it is God's will that he shall be our king, and who that holdeth against it, we will slay him'. And therewith they all kneeled at once, both rich and poor, and cried Arthur mercy because they had delayed him so long....   [tags: King Arthur Malory Essays Papers] 1036 words
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King Arthur - King Arthur Character Analysis The character of King Arthur is unique in literature. Most characters are known through their actions and words as described by the author of a story. Arthur, however, is a conglomerate of characters described by many different authors over a fifteen hundred year span. There is no single depiction of him, and one cannot trace his origin to a single author for the "definitive" description. As such, the character of Arthur is different depending on the era, culture, and the particular writer who is relating his version of the Arthurian legend....   [tags: King Arthur Essays]
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Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as a Dystopian Work - Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as a Dystopian Work      For years, Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" has been primarily viewed as a work of simple satire. Twain, desiring to poke fun at a group of America's cultural critics, chief among them Matthew Arnold, who claimed that cultural life in the U.S. treaded on shallow soil, takes aim at the venerated institutions of Britain. The author attempts to show that his country's lack of romanticized social structures, meaning an absence of royalty, the Catholic church, and long-dead knights and princesses, was far from a cultural weakness....   [tags: Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court]
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Importance of Honor in Sir Thomas Malory’s King Arthur and his Knights - Importance of Honor in Sir Thomas Malory’s King Arthur and his Knights For centuries, the Arthurian legend has captivated an untold number of readers. What is it about Camelot that draws us into its complex code of chivalry and amusingly brute anecdotes. Human nature, as one can surmise from antiquated literature, has still not changed in the least—we still experience the boons and pitfalls of love, joy, envy, lust and sorrow. This certainly explains why the tantrums of Malory’s jealous Queen Guinevere strike chords of familiarity and even evoke an empathetic chuckle....   [tags: King Arthur Knights Essays]
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Guinnevere of the King Arthur Legends - Guinevere of the King Arthur legends is called the daughter of King Leodegrance. (Britannia) In early Welsh tales she was said to be the daughter of a giant. (Senior 84) She is actually the daughter of a Roman Roman noble. (Britannia) Born in C.AD 490 . (Fords) Guinevere descended from a noble family of romans. (Lace 63) It is true that Guinevere is sexual, that she craves the love of a man who (unlike Arthur) has “A touch of earth.” (MaChan 200) She is also self-centered and small-minded. (MaChan 200) She is occasionally a political pawn in the hands of Modred, other knights, and even Arthur himself....   [tags: daughter of King Leodegrance]
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Arthur: Myth, Legend, or Man - King Arthur: myth, legend, hero or man. The mythical King Arthur is known as the man who became a king by pulling a sword, Excalibur, from a stone. The legendary King Arthur was thought to have had a table that he and his knights would gather around and it was round. Legend has it that King Arthur had commissioned Merlin, a powerful wizard, to design and enchant the table. This made way for the legend of “the knights of the round table”. The stories told about Arthur have evolved throughout the years, but was there a “real” Arthur....   [tags: King Arthur, Sword, Excalibur]
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The Death of the Legendary King Arthur - The legend of King Arthur has intrigued generations for over a thousand years. Over these years, this tapestry has been handed down through the hands of many gifted storytellers. Bits and pieces were taken out and replaced by new strands woven in to fabricate a slight variation of the original that’s suitable for the audience or perhaps the storyteller himself. These modifications are evident in the 1981 film of Excalibur and Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur” published in 1485. The film incorporates magical acts while religious allusions are portrayed in the text....   [tags: Literature Review] 538 words
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King Arthur and the Holy Grail - Cling. Cling. Clop-clop, clop-clop, clop-clop. Sp Sp Sp. The sound of metal against metal, galloping horses bearing knights in shining armor, and the hushed whispers of men keeping one of the largest secrets in all of history. Yes, these were the sounds that King Arthur and his posse made, and indeed, many people were amazed and even mystified when they saw or heard about it. Yet now, when looked at by historians and others, the story of King Arthur is just that; a story. They claim that, “The saga built up over the centuries…” (Currin)....   [tags: History, kingdom]
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The Legend of King Arthur - ... Merlin went to the archbishop of Canterbury and counseled him to gather all the great Lords in London at the upcoming Christmas celebration. There at St. Paul’s cathedral, a miracle would occur that would reveal the identity of the rightful King. After the great congregation of Lords, Thomas Malory noticed something strange in the church courtyard. “ a great stone four feet- square, like marble stone, and in the midst there of was an anvil of steel, a foot of high, and therein stuck a fair sword that said thus: whose pullet out this sword out of this stone and anvil is rightly King of all England.” Many mighty men tried to pull the sword out from the stone but none could take the weapon...   [tags: Wizard, Sword]
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The Court of King Arthur - The Court of King Arthur in the Tales of Lanval and Sir Gawain the Green Knight King Arthur shows to be a very provident king who treats his people with a large amount of his riches and fortune. Additionally, the people of his court show to be honest, full of chivalry, and trustworthy. There would seem to be a sort of contract between the king and his subjects: he provides for them, and they, as his most loyal subjects, keep to his standards of honor and civility. The court of King Arthur as described in the tale of Lanval by Marie de France shows to be actually quite similar to the court described in the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight....   [tags: English Literature]
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Medieval Literature and King Arthur - As humans we fancy creating heroic figures. Whether fact or fiction, there always made larger than life. All was the same in medieval times. Although, instead of using movies or social media they used literature.Throughout history, literature has always been crucial. Through it we are able to learn about culture and build an assortment of knowledge. During the 12th century if you were to ask any country man in Britain to bring to life a popular heroic figure, they would clamor King Arthur. But guess what, the knowledge these men had of King Arthur all came through literature....   [tags: Gawain, Sir Bedevere, heroic figures] 650 words
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The Once and Future King - ... Mordred is either Arthur’s son or nephew by his sister Morgawse. Mordred seizes Arthur’s throne whilst he is away and in ultimately slain by Arthur, but not before fatally wounding the king. Arthur is then said to have retreated to Avalon, where he waits to once again take his place as king, earning him the title the Once and Future King. Arthur’s knights were his most trusted friends and family, but ironically, he is betrayed by the best of them. The most reputed of Arthur’s knights are Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram....   [tags: King Arthur, English legends]
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The fall of Camelot: A Consequence of its Imperfect King - In Western culture, mere mention of the name “Camelot” is often enough to inspire images of courtly romance, grandeur, and valiant knights. In fact, the kingdom is nearly as legendary as the hero who ruled it, Arthur Pendragon. Regardless of whether he exists as a historical or mythical figure, Arthur continues to appear as a symbol of heroism in Western tradition through his roles as king and warrior. When modern culture searches for the qualities of a great fighter, it finds them in Arthur’s strength and his bravery....   [tags: camelot, king arthur, knights]
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King Arthur - King Arthur, was he man of truth or myth. King Arthur was a real person, not just a fictional character. While many believe that King Arthur was a non-fictional character, others feel that he was a fictional character. This was because there is no written record of a King Arthur in any area where he was reportedly born or deceased. King Arthur was real because there many people recall King Arthur or who have known personal stories of him, his family, and the wars he so bravely participated in. There are many people who recall King Arthur or know someone he was based off of....   [tags: fiction, tale, reality, myth, legend, evidence]
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Arthur's Knights and The Light Beyоnd The Forest - The Light Beyоnd The Forest Introductiоn This stоry features the exploits оf the many well-known knights оf King Arthur's Round Table -- Lancelot, Percival, Bоrs, Gawain, and Galahad -- each оf whom seeks tо find the cup оf the Last Supper. The Arthurian knights, who sat with King Arthur around a circular table, became the focal point оf fellowship between knights. Some оf them are famous as heroes and champiоns оf just cause (Pyle, 84-89). In theоry, they were brothers; however, jealousy, envy and hatred existed with the fellowship....   [tags: Chivalry, round table, King Arthur] 1320 words
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King Arthur: The Myths and the Actual Person - ... It was one of the darkest eras of human history because there were no recorded historical facts. Many historians are trying to discover more about the life of King Arthur. However, King Arthur was around in the 5th and the early 6th centuries. It was the time when few historical events recorded. The actions of King Arthur don’t correspond with the typical actions of a King at the time. Based on the information that has been found, the king of Britain would not ride around on his horse along with his knights and fight against the enemies....   [tags: leader, hero, legend, history]
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The Impact of King Arthur and the Chivalric Code - The Impact of King Arthur and the Chivalric Code Today, many young children when asked who their favorite hero is will tell you many of the super heroes seen on television. Before Superman, Batman and even Spiderman there was the legend of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. The heroic knights and their king’s tales gave western society a great literature that is still well- known today. King Arthur, Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot did not really exist, but the stories of gallant knights in shining armour, elegant women in medieval castles, and the heroic quests for the Holy Grail played a major role in developing and creating the brave courageous superheros that beacame throughout...   [tags: Chivalry]
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King Arthur's Court - ... However, what made knights great was their acts of chivalry. A knight who displayed chivalry boasted ideal qualifications, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms. For example, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Gawain makes a speech to King Arthur (117-134) and within the speech he demonstrates two examples of chivalrous behavior. First, Gawain refers to Guenevere as “my liege lady” (120) which by definition mean that he is forever at her service. In addition, Gawain shows humility in lines 128-131 by declaring himself “weak” and his mind “feeble” thereby praising the king....   [tags: knighthood, Sir Gawain, chivalry] 695 words
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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - Gawain and Capital Violence In almost every example of romantic epics, and definitely every story concerning King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the characters carefully adhere to a strict code known as the chivalric code.. The five main tenets of chivalric code or in other words the knightly code are: showing courage and bravery, being honest, having honor and being respected among peers, being kind to others, and being courteous and well-mannered especially toward females. Gawain is the very embodiment of these chivalric values but through his encounter with the Green knight and the lady he fails to uphold the code because of its rigidness and strictness.....   [tags: capital violence, romantic epics, characters]
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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - Book four begins when ambassadors of Lucius, the Roman Emperor, showed up demanding Arthur pay tribute to Rome. Arthur refuses, and Lucius gathers his substantial forces to make war against England. Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table travel to meet Lucius’s forces, and eventually win the war. Arthur moves his army through Europe, surrounding towns and cities until he arrives in Rome and is crowed the new Roman Emperor. During the war while Arthur was moving his army thought Europe, Arthur killed a huge giant who lived on St....   [tags: mysterious, tournament, court]
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King Arthur, Sir Gawain and Superman - ... They gathered people who were able to fight and the intelligent and strongest of the kingdom. 'Courtly love was a highly idealized code of conduct for lovers during the middle ages and Renaissance in Europe. Typically, the courtly love relationship was not between husband and wife, as marriage was a political or practical arrangement.' (Courtly Love) Explaining courtly love to us, it shows it is not the same as it was then as it is now. Comparing it to Superman it shows his love life does not compare to this at all....   [tags: chivalry, bravery, courtly love] 1171 words
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Long Live the King - Arthur, King of the Britons, is a literary character known for creating a peaceful Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Some like to believe he is real, and for centuries historians and conspiracy theorists alike have been attempting to find relics of Arthur at places like Cadbury Hill and the Isle of Glass. Though Arthur cannot be proven because he is fictional, he is a very popular subject for authors and screenwriters. Books such as The Once and Future King by T. H. White have been renowned as classics by many, and there had been much popularity found in movies, TV shows, and musicals, such as the film Excalibur, BBC's Merlin, and Monty Python's Spamalot....   [tags: King Arthur, Camelot, Character Analysis]
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The Green Knight and King Arthur - The Green Knight and King Arthur Many British literature writers of the Middle Ages wrote about reality of the Middle Ages including the social, political, and economical styles of writing. During the Middle Ages, chivalry was a big aspect of every day life. Chivalry, a word not rarely used in modern times anymore in the same fashion it was before, is defined as, "the code of life that defined the qualities of knighthood, such as honor, courage, loyalty, and willingness to defined the weak and protect women." (English & Western Literature Text) The Middle Ages were known to be the times of knights, kings, and queens and fighting for their country for pride for the king....   [tags: Papers] 1206 words
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King Arthur in Literature and History - King Arthur in Literature and History King Arthur is the greatest of British literary heroes, although little is known about the real person. Little real historical information is left, only texts, chronicles, verses, myths, fragments of epic poems, inscriptions, symbols, graven images and graffiti. Although these writings can be interesting literature, they lack factual evidence and are obscure in details. It is not even possible to say that a real Arthur even existed, for the records of his existence go back to the fifth, sixth and seventh centuries AD, when the Welsh and English kingdoms which were to replace Roman government were only beginning (Hero and Legend, 1)....   [tags: Papers] 1051 words
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In Search of King Arthur - In Search of King Arthur Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by stories of courageous knights and virtuous ladies, who populate the covers and pages of books and screens of the movie theaters. Their splendid attire, glamour of the courts and impeccable manners attracted and conquered the imagination of the little girl. Robin Hood was one of my favorite characters, however there was one hero, who troubled my imagination most of all. I have heard and read numerous stories of a magnificent, just and most generous king of all, King Arthur....   [tags: Internet Literature Essays]
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Good Sites For King Arthur - Good Sites For King Arthur The key to finding useful information on the Web is to know which websites are the most useful and informative. The best services that offer information on the King Arthur legends are "King Arthur" at http://www.britannia.com/history/h12.html, "Explorations in the History and Legends of Arthur" at http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/4186/Arthur/htmlpages/kingartur.html , and "The Camelot Project" at http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/cphome.stm. These websites are among the best....   [tags: Web Internet Essays]
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Myths, Legends, and King Arthur - Myths, Legends, and King Arthur Throughout the dawns of time, people have recorded lives and made histories about the past, the people and all of their dramatics. One such story is Le morte d'Arthur, or in English, the Death of Arthur. Despite its French title, the actual text was written in English. It is a twenty-one book series written by Sir Thomas Malory in 1469-1470 describing in detail the problematic lives of the Arthurian legends. Sir Thomas Malory was believed to be born in 1408, but no one really knows for sure....   [tags: European Literature Essays Papers] 1804 words
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The Role of Queen Guinevere in King Arthur and His Knights - She is the most perdurable female figure in King Arthur and his Knights. Without her the suspense and the plot flow could not have been achieved. Her influence has enabled her to penetrate into men’s world a trait that distinguishes her from the rest of the women. Knights are referred to as the queen’s knights. We could say the same of the ladies who accompany the queen and keep the knights in good company (pg.52) .Queen Guinevere, as the King’s wife, is acknowledged by males. But despite her access to the Round Table, she has no legitimate power....   [tags: Knights of the Round Table, Sir Thomas Malory]
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King Arthur and His Importance in the Medieval Celtic World - Who was King Arthur, and what was his importance in the medieval Celtic world. While it is possible we may never know the complete answer to either of those questions, according to Thomas Green we can come pretty close to answering the second one. After reading Green’s “The Historicity and Historicisation of Arthur”, the Arthurian sources discussed in the article seem to conclude that a historical personage of Arthur is very unlikely. If pre-Galfridian material, such as the Historia Brittonum and the Annales Cambriae, are read in context as Green argues they should be, and are not methodologically exhausted by looking for evidence, then it is possible for the reader of these texts to truly g...   [tags: British History] 729 words
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The Legends of Arthur - The Legends of Arthur are considered the most treasured pieces of collected literature. Many writers have been fascinated by the mythical Knight and his adventurous tales. Of those authors are two of the most recognized– Sir Thomas Malory and Mary Stewart. Though the dates of which they lived were separate (Malory -1400's; Stewart -1900's), their love and interest of the Legend must have been equally great. If you look, though, and read the two stories, one might find a way to compare and contrast the two....   [tags: King Arthur Literature Compare Contrast] 755 words
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King Arthur: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction - In today’s day and age, stories are traded all the time, and many times it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. However, when a story, approximately 1500 years old has been told and retold, and modified over and over again, the truth, if there is any, can be quite hard to find. This paper will take a look at both the fact and the fiction surrounding who King Arthur was, what he did, and the historical basis for the king. Before exploring the historical truths, it is important that some of the well-known tales, myths and legends are brought into the light....   [tags: Analysis, The Knights of the Round Table]
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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table: Fact or Fiction - The typical romantic knight consists of a charming man sitting upon his noble steed dressed in shining armor and chain mail. It was during the Victorian Era when literature about knights greatly increased in popularity. All throughout England, restrictions were placed on writings and literature (O’Gorman 2000). Authors took to writing about knights to express their thoughts and feelings and to discuss controversies openly and without breaking the law. The more renowned knights are the knights that sat at the round table....   [tags: Morte D'Arthur, Excalibur, legends]
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King Arthur - The stories and legends surrounding the character of King Arthur are among the best known of all stories about kings and knights. The stories and legends surrounding the character of King Arthur are among the best known of all stories about kings and knights. He is the greatest of British literary heroes, although little is known about the real person. Folklore and literature provide examples of a recurrent myth about a leader or hero who has not really died, but is asleep somewhere or in some estate of suspended life who will return to save his people (Geocities 3)....   [tags: Classics]
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King Arthur - King Arthur Character Analysis Although King Arthur is one of the most well-known figures in the world, his true identity remains a mystery. Attempts to identify the historical Arthur have been unsuccessful, since he is largely a product of fiction. Most historians, though, agree that the real Arthur was probably a battle leader of the Britons against the Anglo-Saxons in the sixthth century. In literature, King Arthur's character is unique and ever changing, taking on a different face in every work....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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King Arthur - King Arthur If the name of King Arthur is mentioned, I suppose what comes to mind is not so much one person as a whole array of characters and themes, a montage so to speak. Of course we do think first of the King, the magnificent monarch of a glorified or idealized medieval realm. But we think also of his Queen, of the fair and wayward Guinevere, we think of his enchanter, Merlin, who presided over his birth, who set him on the throne, who established him there in the early and traveled days of his reign....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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King Arthur - King Arthur The Arthurian legends are well known in today's society. However, very few people know of the "real" Arthur -- who he was and what his accomplishments were. This paper will establish a difference between legend and truth, show evidence to support and explain who the real Arthur was, and shed some light on the sometimes confusing Arthurian legends. To establish any sort of idea that there was, in fact, a "real" Arthur, it is imperative to look over the legendary Arthur and his impact on different cultures....   [tags: History Kings Arthurian Legends Essays] 2676 words
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King Arthur - The Coming of Arthur The Two Swords- Arthur pulls a sword from a stone and becomes king. Then he goes to the Lady of the Lake and she gives him the sword Excalibur and the magic scabbard. Balyn and Balan- Balyn gets a cursed sword and kills the Lady of the Lake. He goes after Garlon the invisible evil night and finds the Castel Carbonek. He stricks King Pelles with the Dolorous Stroke then fights his brother unknowingly and they kill each other. The First Quest of the Round Table- King Arthur marries Guinevere on Pentecost and Sir Gawine, Sir Tor, and King Pellinore go on the first quest of the Round Table....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1137 words
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King Arthur - Tales Of King Arthur Since the romanticizing of the Arthurian legends by Geoffery of Monmouth, the historian, during the twelfth century, the legendary 'king of England' has been the source of inspiration for kings, poets, artists and dreamers alike. The most famous work is probably Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, completed around 1470, and published in many abridged and complete versions. Malory's work contains in one the legend that had been continually added to over the years by many different writers who introduced such elements as Sir Galahad, and the ill-fated love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere....   [tags: essays research papers] 1651 words
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King Arthur - Arthur’s Reasons Concerning War Since the beginning of time, the chaotic and barbaric fighting called war has been and will happen until the end of the world, that is, unless mankind smartens up. As T.H. White puts it on pages 631-632,“They were always saying that the present one (war) was to be the last, and afterwards there was to be a heaven. They were always to rebuild such a new world as never was seen. When the time came, however, they were too stupid.” At the beginning of Arthur’s reign he dealt with psychotic men such as King Lot that waged wars for pure sport....   [tags: essays research papers] 856 words
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Glastonbury Legends One Small Town With Far Too Many Tales - Glastonbury is an average town that is full of many intriguing legends that the world wonders of its veracity. Glastonbury is known for the popular legends of King Arthur, as well as the prestigious Holy Grail. This town also hosts the tales of Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus’s staff that created the Holy Thorn. It is visually apparent that the landscape of Glastonbury is perplexing, but the fables of the Sun Temple created within the rivers and hills are just another one of its falsities. The stories of Glastonbury are interesting, but they are in fact just legends to keep readers occupied....   [tags: king arthur, troubadours ]
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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a story mixed with historical truths and exaggerated fiction. The legend of King Arthur, known as the Arthurian Legend, comes from the Middle Ages and is both fact and fiction. There really was a King Arthur who was king of the Britons. He was a type of military leader who fought Germanic invaders. Many of the Tudor monarchs claimed lineage to King Arthur to justify and prove their right to the throne. Most of the knowledge of Arthur is legend....   [tags: Camelot Papers] 1984 words
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King Arthur: The Man Behind The Name - King Arthur: The Man Behind The Name King Arthur is a figure surrounded by an aura of myth and mystery. His name evokes visions of knights and gallantry in a bygone era of chivalry and magic. Clear the mist around the myth, however, and the character revealed is a man with flaws like any other. He is human as well as heroic. Arthur has assembled the greatest court of knights in British history, but his own condition and relation to those knights leads to the downfall of his court. Although Arthur and his court are held in highest esteem, time and again he is put into positions where the reader must question just how noble things are in Camelot....   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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The Many Versions of The Legend of King Arthur - The Many Versions of The Legend of King Arthur There are countless versions of the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. Most English versions are based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, but where did these tales originate, and what different interpretations are there today. This essay seeks to examine the roots and different renditions of the various legends circulating today. The first section deals with the origins of the legend. The second section speculates on who the "real" King Arthur could have been....   [tags: Papers] 1194 words
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King Arthur's Quest for the Holy Grail - The Quest for the Holy Grail was the greatest and noblest of all quests for King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. The Holy Grail was believed to be the cup used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, and it was the cup that caught Christ's blood when he was thrust in the side with a spear at his crucifixion. Joseph of Arimathea, the wealthy man who allowed Christ to be placed in his tomb, is said to have brought the cup with him to Britain, but it was later lost. It was said that the cup disappeared because of the sins of the times, but many believed it to be hidden, and still in England....   [tags: History] 300 words
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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table The legends of King Arthur of Britain and his Knights of the Round Table, among the most popular and beloved of all time, originated in the Middle Ages. As they do today, medieval people listened to the accounts of Arthur with fascination and awe. It is certain that popular folktales were told about a hero named Arthur throughout the Celtic parts of the British Isles and France, especially in Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany (Lunt 76). Other stories of chivalry that did not include Arthur existed in this time period as well....   [tags: Papers] 2961 words
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