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For more than a thousand years there has been debate over this question. Top authors and scholars from medieval times were furious about the fables that sprang up around the name of Arthur, the historical Romano-British king from the 5th Century.

Did you know the real life Robin Hood before the legend was Christianized actually fought the ancient Romans during the reign of Emperor Claudius and was really a Celtic Warrior named Caracticus? Certainly a historical King Arthur lived but this stubborn oral folklore was not merely of a possible historic figure, but a survival of pre-historic myth, a hero of romance, and a fairy king. What began as an underground stream of oral tradition has emerged as a mighty river of literature, possibly the greatest fiction works of all time.

In these prose romances he is a noble knight and a monarch of great splendor, riches and generosity who enjoyed the admiration of all. We are also told that all fairy haunted places, wherever they may be- belong to King Arthur. Brun de la Montage, Biblitheque Nationale. The Sword of Lancelot N ote the images of Heraldry on all the shields, flags and garments in the art in this gallery. Arthur has a kingly lion, while Lancelot has the Piscean opposing fish imagery since he came across the water and had the conflict of being both Arthur's most loyal knight, but also having betrayed him by having an affair with Guinevere, the queen he was appointed to protect.

In real life, the heraldic crests were the symbols of family groups and had many other very definite meanings. K ing Uther Pendragon, father of Arthur had a vision of a dragon that was considered a mighty omen.

Uther took one of Merlin's potions which rendered him an exact likeness of Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall and husband of Igraine. She was like Helen of Troy and Uther was consumed with desire for her Thinking he was her husband, she allowed Uther into her bed, and King Arthur was conceived. Merlin demanded custody of the child in return for the spell On the night he claimed Arthur Igraine drove Uther to try and break his pact with Merlin to retrieve the child Uther vwas beset by assassins and killed, but as he staggered drove the sword of power into the stone and Merlin cast a spell that it could not be drawn by ANY save the rightwise King of England.

The Sword in the Stone. The Sword in the Stone- When no one could remove it, Caliburn rested, and they built a great cathedral before it T he Name of the sword is surrounded by controversy as well as are the different myths regarding its origins.

The idea of one sword is recent, there were two before the advent of motion pictures. The two swords of King Arthur were the sword drawn from the rock which proved the kingship of the true heir and the true sword Excalibur; or "cut steel". In early English and French traditions the sword was Caliburn; a magical sword from Avalon. O ne story tells us Caliburn comes from Caledfwlch, the original Welsh name for the sword, from the Mabinogion.

It is also considered to be an incarnation of Caladbolg, a sword wielded by several figures from Irish mythology. That the Holy Grail was one of the items the ancient gods used to draw down the Sun in order to make fire. Excalibur, to them, was a "brand of light" and associated with Aaron's Rod. Just as only Aaron or Moses could activate the powers in the rod, so only Arthur could pull Excalibur from the stone.

W e are also told Excalibur was originally derived from the Latin phrase Ex calce liberatus, "liberated from the stone". Are they related or just similar? The world's scholars have been debating since the Middle Ages..

Merlin sees to it Young Arthur is raised correctly in secret in the noble Sir Ector's home. The tale of Arthur drawing the sword out of the stone first appeared in Robert de Boron's "Merlin". T he Lady of the Lake. There is controversy over what King Arthur had to promise the Lady of the Lake in return for Excalibur. Legends record the lady told Arthur that the sword belonged to her. She would grant Excalibur to Arthur if and only if the young king grant her his service in return.

In one account Arthur gave his pledge to the Lady of the Lake that he would, in another he refused citing murder was an unjust request.

My favorite choice was that he promised to protect the beliefs and culture of the pagan people of which Nimue was the head of being the incarnation of the mother goddess on earth. King Arthur then received a new sword from the Lady of the Lake, which was exclusively then called Excalibur. Sir Thomas Malory distinguished the sword in the stone from the sword he received from the Lady of the Lake,in "Le Morte D'Arthur" and it was only this second sword that was the true Excalibur in the 15th Century.

Motion pictures have composited many of these events creating new versions of the ever evolving legends of King Arthur! L ittle of the Merlin legend in Le Morte d'Arthur is completely new and the tales from his earlier life are omitted. The main events in the Arthurian Cycle include Merlin's king-making role, his influencing the Archbishop of Canterbury to summon all the lords who would be king to assemble in London at Christmas, and to come to mass and pray and afterward the great marble stone is seen with the sword in it with the famous inscription that whoever draws the sword is "rightwise king born of all England.

These and the Welsh monk Nennius, Myrddin and Ambrosius evolved into Merlin as the prophet and wizard popularly associated with the Arthurian legends. He had mentored British kings for generations, led armies into war, made many prophecies, and worked great feats of magic, so great that Morgan Le Fey, King Arthur's sister would not let him rest until he agreed to train her. She first appeared in Arthurian legend around AD , but her true origin stems from Celtic mythology and like so many Arthurian characters, evolves with each re-telling.

Due to the negative attitude toward supernatural women in the middle ages, she became more and more humanized. She was likely once the dreaded Morrigu Morrigan of Irish mythology and 'Le Fay' is an ancient word for a fairy and the Breton name for a water-nymph is a 'Morgan'. She was often associated with scheming and mischief but never turns entirely evil. The Education of Morgan Le Fay Her attractive qualities remain; a healer, associated with art and culture, she was extremely attractive, and in the end is worthy of redemption.

Knights in Shining Armor. T his magnificent King Arthur as we now know him In fact, there have been many versions of King Arthur growing out of the popular oral traditions before the printed book appeared. The Code of Chivalry. The Age of Chivalry [The damsel in distress]. N o collection of Art work devoted to the Legends of King Arthur would be complete without a damsel in distress or a villainous scoundrel like Mordred performing an abduction, making treacherous alliances and doing foul deeds.

The Code of Chivalry demanded a knight be always ready with his armor on, except when taking his rest at night.

That he defend ALL women, as well as the poor and the weak without reward, to be honest at all times no matter what the cost and of course to defend his faith, his home and his country with his life.

The Fair Ladies of Camelot. Down to towered Camelot; And by the moon the reaper weary, Piling sheaves in uplands airy, Listening, whispers " 'Tis the fairy Lady of Shalott. Waterhouse and borrows from the Hon. Sir Lancelot and his Ladies Fair. Her surpassing beauty made the sorceress Morgan le Fay so jealous she magically trapped her in a boiling bath. Sir Lancelot rescues her and Elaine falls in love with him, only to find he is already in love with Queen Guinevere and would not knowingly sleep with any other woman.

In order to seduce Lancelot, Elaine goes to the sorceress Dame Brusen for help. Dame Brusen gives Lancelot wine and Elaine a ring of Guinevere's in order to trick Lancelot into thinking Elaine is Guinevere, who later caught thewm and went into a jealous rage. She loved Lancelot to her dying day and bore his son, Sir Galahad. The Fair Lady Huntress of Windsor Forest was noted for shooting Lancelot in the buttocks so deeply he could not get the arrowhead out before the Grand Tournament.

King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. She evolved from the Celtic queen and mother goddess Gwenhwyvar. In Arthurian Legend, she was the daughter of Leodegrance, previous owner of the Round Table, which she brought together with a hundred knights for her dowry when she wed Arthur. When the barons suggested it was time the young king took a wife, he told Merlin that he loved Guinevere, but Merlin warned him that she wasn't wholesome enough to be his wife , and prophesied that she would betray him, break his heart and tear his kingdom down around his ears A Celtic queen was equal in status to a King and conducted their affairs unhindered.

Queen Guinevere's involvement with other men, willingly or unwillingly, was an ongoing theme throughout the Arthurian Cycle. Guinevere's abductions are the epitome of the damsel in distress, though she was never in danger of death, but the object of desire. Guinevere, Arthur, and Lancelot, formed the most celebrated love-triangle in European literature. He took Guinevere as his inspiration for this task, but when he witnesses a meeting between her and Lancelot one day, he flees Camelot shattered—what has he just seen?

When he shouted in anguish, his brother who came to help him struck out at the cry and killed his brother. Tragically, the ideal woman, Guinevere remained childless, morally dubious, an unfaithful woman who loved a man to whom she could never give children.

The Anguish of Guinevere. Sir Lancelot rescues Gwinevere from the Stake. A novice courtier drives her crazy by feeding the rumor mill about her infidelity. Arthur arrives at the convent and tells Guinevere that her actions have caused the total collapse of the Round Table and, with it, the ideal world that he tried to create. Yet Arthur forgives Guinevere and hopes they will one day be together in heaven. Touched by his faith in her, Guinevere devotes the rest of her life to doing good deeds.

Some accounts have Gwinevere spend her remaining years serving as a nun in a convent. In the end, Guinevere's undying affection for her equally devoted Lancelot, and her betrayal of King Arthur to Mordred ended the fellowship of the Round Table and brought about the fall of Camelot.

But as Sir Thomas Malory said, "She was a true lover and therefore she had a good end. He asks his last remaining faithful knight, Bedivere, to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake. Bedivere fails twice before finally managing to throw it in on his third attempt. Three ladies arrive on the shore of the lake in a boat in which Bedivere places Arthur at his request. Bedivere watches the boat disappear into the sunrise. The Quest for the Holy Grail.

T he morphology of the Grail Legend: From it's origin as Celtic Myth and development over time into a powerful Christian Symbol draws a connection between the concept of the feminine "Grail-bearer" and the ancient sovereignty goddess of Ireland, Ériu, [Erin] who prefigures the Christian Legend by granting the chalice only to the worthy. I n the King Arthur legends the quest for the Holy Grail was the highest spiritual undertaking for a knight. It's very light and the little bag it comes in is nice too.

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She was likely once the dreaded Morrigu Morrigan of Irish mythology and 'Le Fay' is an ancient word for a fairy and the Breton name for a water-nymph is a 'Morgan'.

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