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When King Uther Pendragon saw Igraine, the beautiful and chaste duchess of Cornwall, he fell in love with her.
By means of magic, King Uther caused Igraine to become pregnant, after which the couple married. The child, named Arthur, was raised by a noble knight, Sir Ector.
After the death of King Uther, Arthur proved his right to the throne by removing a sword from an anvil that was imbedded in a rock. From the Lady of the Lake, he received his famous sword, Excalibur.
When the independent kings of Britain rebelled and made war on the young king, they were defeated. Arthur ruled over all Britain. He married Guinevere, the daughter of King Leodegrance, who presented the Round Table and a hundred knights to Arthur as a wedding gift.
Merlin the magician was enticed by one of the Ladies of the Lake into eternal imprisonment under a rock. To show his gratitude to God for his victory, King Arthur founded the Abbey of the Beautiful Adventure at the scene of his victory. After she procured Excalibur from Arthur by black magic, Sir Accolon fought Arthur and nearly overcame him; only when their swords were accidentally exchanged in the fight, was the king able to defeat Accolon.
When Arthur refused to pay, he was promised aid in war by all the knights of his realm. In the war that followed, the British defeated Lucius and conquered Germany and Italy. Arthur was crowned Emperor of Rome.
After many long and arduous adventures, all of them triumphant, Sir Launcelot returned to Camelot, the seat of King Arthur, and was acclaimed the first knight of all Christendom. Elizabeth, queen of King Meliodas of Liones, died in giving birth to a son, who was named Tristram because of the sad circumstances surrounding his birth.
Young Tristram was sent to France with his preceptor, Gouvernail, where he was trained in all the accomplishments of knighthood. When the king of Ireland demanded tribute from King Mark of Cornwall, Sir Tristram defended the sovereignty of King Mark, his uncle, by slaying the Irish champion, Sir Marhaus, but he was wounded in the contest.
He was nursed by Isolde, princess of Ireland. Tristram and Isolde fell in love and promised to remain true to each other. Later, King Mark commissioned Sir Tristram to return to Ireland to bring back Isolde, whom the king had contracted to marry. During the return voyage from Ireland to Cornwall, Tristram and Isolde drank a love potion and swore undying love.
Unable to remain separated from Isolde of Ireland, Tristram joined her secretly. At last, fearing discovery and out of his mind for love of Isolde, Tristram fled into the forest.
In a pitiful condition, he was carried back to the castle, where a faithful hound revealed his identity to King Mark, who then banished him from Cornwall for ten years.
The knight went to Camelot, where he won great renown at tournaments and in knightly adventures. In Cornwall, King Mark attempted unsuccessfully to get rid of Tristram, but Tristram managed to avoid all the traps set for him, and he and Isolde escaped to England and took up residence in Castle Joyous Guard.
An old hermit prophesied to King Arthur that a seat that was vacant at the Round Table would be occupied by a knight not yet born—one who would win the Holy Grail. After Sir Launcelot was tricked into an affair with Elaine, the daughter of King Pelles, the maid gave birth to a boy named Galahad.
Some years later, a stone with a sword imbedded in it appeared in a river. A message on the sword stated that the best knight in the world would remove it.
All the knights of the Round Table attempted to withdraw the sword without success. During his quest, he was joined part of the time by his father, Sir Launcelot. Sir Launcelot tried to enter the Grail chamber and was stricken for twenty-four days as penance for his years of sin. A vision of Christ came to Sir Galahad; he and his comrades received communion from the Grail.
They came to a Near-Eastern city where they healed a cripple. Because of this miracle, they were thrown into prison by the pagan king.
When the king died, Sir Galahad was chosen king; he saw the miracles of the Grail and died in holiness. There was great rejoicing in Camelot after the questing knights returned.
Sir Launcelot forgot the promises he had made during the quest and began to consort again with Guinevere. One spring while traveling with her attendants, Guinevere was captured by a traitorous knight, Sir Meliagrance. Sir Launcelot rescued the queen and killed the evil knight. Guinevere was sentenced to be burned, but Sir Launcelot and his party saved the queen from the stake and retired to Castle Joyous Guard.
When King Arthur besieged the castle, the pope commanded a truce between Sir Launcelot and the king.Thomas Malory's 'Le Morte Darthur' British Library Add.
MS , f The chivalry of Arthur’s world was a far cry from Malory’s own, which was torn by war between the noble dynasties of York and Lancaster. he is generally believed to have been the Sir Thomas Malory who inherited the estates of Newbold Revel in Warwickshire and. The modern reader approaching Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur may be perplexed at first reading, for while the story of Arthur and his knights has the appearance of a novel, it is.
This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Le Morte D Arthur by Thomas Malory. Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, meaning “the death of Arthur” is a retelling of previous stories of the legend of King Arthur and familiar characters including Lancelot, Merlin, and Guinevere.
These tales of the Knights of the Round Table, believed to have been written in , were initially published in The ThemeTracker below shows where, and to what degree, the theme of Honor and Chivalry appears in each book of Le Morte d’Arthur.
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