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For when, in pursuing this history, I have come to consider the high nobility of spirit that moved these excellent men to act as they did, I have felt that they have afforded such a perfect example oj courage and humility that anyone might do exceedingly well to follow after their manner of behavior in such measure as he is able to do. For I believe that King Arthur was the most honorable, gentle Knight who ever lived in all the world.
And those who were his fellows of the Round Table taking him as their looking-glass of chivalry made, altogether, such a company of noble knights that it ts vi FOREWORD hardly to be supposed that their like will ever be seen again in this worlfl. Wherefore it is that I have had such extraordinary pleasure in beholding how those famous knights behaved whenever circumstances called upon them to perform their endeavor. So in the year of grace one thousand nine hundred and two I began to write this history of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and, if I am able so to do, I shall endeavor, with love of that task, to finish the same at some other time in another book and to the satisfaction of whosoever may care to read the story thereof.
Sir Gawaine finds the beautiful Lady. This King was very greatly aided unto the achievement of the Pendragonship of the realm by the help of two men, who rendered him great assistance in all that he did.
The one ot these men was a certain very powerful en- chanter and sometime prophet known to men as Merlin the Wise; and he gave very good counsel unto Uther-Pendragon. The other man was an excellent noble and renowned knight, hight Ulfius who was thought by many to be the greatest leader in war of any man then alive ; and he gave Uther-Pendragon aid and advice in battle.
So, with the help of Merlin and Sir Ulfius, Uther-Pendragon was able to overcome all of his enemies and to become King of the entire realm. Atter Uther-Pendragon had ruled his kingdom for a number of years he took to wife a certain beautiful and gentle lady, hight Igraine.
And whilst the child still lay wrapped in his swaddling clothes and lying in a cradle of gold and ultramarine, Merlin came to Uther- Pendragon with a spirit of prophecy strong upon him for such was often the case with him , and, speaking in that spirit of prophecy, he said, " Lord, it is given unto me to foresee that thou shalt shortly fall sick of a fever and that thou shalt maybe die of a violent sweat that will follow thereon.
Now, should such a dolorous thing befall us all, this young child who is, certes, the hope of all this realm will be in C birth r and 8 per- very great danger of his life ; for many enemies will assuredly Us of the young r j se U p with design to seize upon him for the sake of his inher- itance, and either he will be slain or else he will be held in captivity from which he shall hardly hope to escape.
Wherefore, I do beseech thee, Lord, that thou wilt permit Sir Ulfius and myself to pres- ently convey the child away unto some place of safe refuge, where he may be hidden in secret until he groweth to manhood and is able to guard himself from such dangers as may threaten him.
But touching the matter of this young child, if thy prophecy be true, then his danger is very great, and it would be well that he should be conveyed hence to some place of safe harborage as thou dost advise. Wherefore, I pray thee to perform thy will in this affair, bearing in thy heart the consideration that the child is the most precious inheritance which I shall leave unto this land. And Merlin did as he had advised, and he and Sir Ulfius conveyed the child away by night, and no one but they wist whither the babe had been taken.
And after Uther-Pendragon had departed from this life, it was like- wise as Merlin had feared, for all the realm fell into great disorder. For each lesser king contended against his fellow for overlordship, and wicked knights and barons harried the highways as they listed and there levied PROLOGUE toll with great cruelty upon helpless wayfarers.
For some such travellers they took prisoners and held for ransom, whiles others they slew because they had no ransom to pay. So it was a very common sight to see a dead man lying by the roadside, if you should venture to make a journey upon some business or other. Thus it befell that, after awhile, all that dolorous land groaned with the trouble that lay upon it.
Thus there passed nearly eighteen years in such great affliction, and then one day the Archbishop of Canterbury summoned Merlin to him and bespake him in this wise : " Merlin, men say that thou art the wisest man in all the world.
Canst thou not find some means to heal the The Archbish- distractions of this woeful realm? And he shall bring order and peace where is now disorder and war. Moreover, I may tell you that this King shall be of Uther-Pendragon's own full blood-royal. But in this spirit of prophecy canst thou not fore- tell when this King is to come?
And canst thou tell how we shall know him when he appeareth amongst us? For many lesser kings there are who would fain be overlord of this land, and many such there are who deem themselves fit to rule over all the others.
How then shall we know the real King from those who may proclaim themselves to be the rightful king? And this sword was the most wonderful that any man had ever seen, for the blade was of blue steel and extraordinarily bright and glis- tering. And the hilt was of gold, chased and carved with marvellous cun- ning, and inlaid with a great number of precious stones, so that it shone with wonderful brightness in the sunlight.
Then, when Merlin had accomplished this miracle, he bade the Arch- bishop to call together all the chief people of that land upon Christmas- tide ; and he bade the Archbishop to command that every man should make assay to draw out the sword, for that he who should succeed in draw- ing it forth out of the anvil should be rightwise King of Britain.
So the Archbishop did according as Merlin said ; and this was the mar- vel of the marble stone and the anvil, of which same anyone may easily read for himself in that book written a very long while ago by Robert de Boron, which is called Le Roman de Merlin. Now when the mandate of the Lord Archbishop went forth, summoning all the chief people of the land to the assay of that miracle for, indeed, it was a miracle to draw forth a sword-blade out of an anvil of solid iron , all the realm became immediately cast into a great ferment, so that each man asked his fellow, " Who shall draw forth that sword, and who shall be our King?
Then, as Christmastide drew nigh, it presently appeared as though the entire world was wending its way to London Town, for the highways and the by-ways became filled with wayfarers kings and lords and knights and ladies and esquires and pages and men-at-arms all betaking their way whither the assay was to be made of that adventure of the sword and the anvil.
Every inn and castle was filled so full of travellers that it was a marvel how so many folk could be contained within their compass, and PROLOGUE 5 everywhere' were tents and pavilions pitched along the wayside for the accommodation of those who could not find shelter within doors. But when the Archbishop beheld the multitudes that were assembling, he said to Merlin, " Indeed, Merlin, it would be a very singular thing if among all these great kings and noble, honorable lords we should not find some one worthy of being the King of this realm.
So hearken unto that which I have hereinafter written. IT happened that among those worthies who were summoned unto London Town by the mandate of the Archbishop as above recounted, there was a certain knight, very honorable and of high estate, by name Sir Ector of Bonmaison surnamed the Trustworthy Knight, because of the fidelity with which he kept the counsel of those who confided in him, and because he always performed unto all men, whether of high or low degree, that which he promised to undertake, without defalcation as to the same.
Now when Sir Ector of Bonmaison received by messenger the mandate of the Archbishop, he immediately summoned these two sons unto him and bade them to prepare straightway for to go with him to London Town, and they did so.
And in the same manner he bade a great number of retainers and esquires and pages for to make them ready, and they likewise did so. Thus, with a very considerable array at arms and with great show of circumstance, Sir Ector of Bonmaison betook his way unto London Town in obedience to the commands of the Archbishop.
So, when he had come thither he took up his inn in a certain field where many other noble knights and puissant lords had already established them- selves, and there he set up a very fair pavilion of green silk, and erected his banner emblazoned with the device of his house ; to wit, a gryphon, black, upon a field of green. And upon this field were a great multitude of other pavilions of many different colors, and over above each pavilion was the pennant and the banner of that puissant lord to whom the pavilion belonged.
Wherefore,, because of the multitude of these pennants and banners the sky was at places well-nigh hidden with the gaudy colors of the fluttering flags. Among the great lords who had come thither in pursuance to the Archbishop's summons were many very famous kings and queens and noblemen of high degree. For there was King Lot of Orkney, who had taken to wife a step-daughter of Uther-Pendragon, and there was King Uriensof Gore, who had taken to wife another step-daughter of that great king, and there was King Ban, and King Bors, and King Ryance, and King Leodegrance and many others of like degree, for there were no less than twelve kings and seven dukes, so that, what with their court of lords and ladies and esquires and pages in attendance, the town of London had hardly ever seen the like before that day.
Now the Archbishop of Canterbury, having in mind the extraordinary state of the occasion that had brought so many kings and dukes and high lords unto that adventure of the sword and the anvil, had commanded that there should be a very stately and noble tournament proclaimed. To this tournament were bidden all knights who were of sufficient birth, condition, and quality for to fit them to take part therein. For these heralds examined the es- cutcheons and the rolls of lineage of all applicants with great care and cir- cumspection.
Accordingly, if so be I may approve my quality as to knighthood before this college of heralds, it will maybe be to thy great honor and credit, and to the honor and credit of our house if I should undertake this adventure. Wherefore I do crave thy leave to do as I have a mind. And, after they had duly examined into his claims to knighthood, they entered his name as a knight-contestant according to his desire ; and at this Sir Kay was filled with great content and joy of heart.
So, when his name had been enrolled upon the list of combatants, Sir Kay chose his young brother Arthur for to be his esquire-at-arms and to carry his spear and pennant before him into the field of battle, and Arthur was also made exceedingly glad because of the honor that had befallen him and his brother. Now, the day having arrived when this tourney was to be held, a very huge concourse of people gathered together to witness that noble and courtly assault at arms.
For at that time London was, as aforesaid, extraor- dinarily full of nobility and knighthood, wherefore it was reckoned that not less than twenty thousand lords and ladies besides those twelve kings and their courts and seven dukes and their courts were assembled in the lists circumadjacent to the field of battle for to witness the performance of those chosen knights. And those noble people sat so close together, and so filled the seats and benches assigned to them, that it appeared as though an entirely solid wall of human souls surrounded that meadow where the battle was to be fought.
Wherefore the hearts of all the knights attendant were greatly expanded with emulation to overturn their enemies into the dust. In the centre of this wonderful court of lords and ladies there was erected the stall and the throne of the lord Archbishop himself. Above the throne was a canopy of purple cloth emblazoned with silver lilies, and the throne itself was hung all about with purple cloth of velvet, embroid- ered, alternately, with the figure of St.
George in gold, and with silver crosses of St. George surrounded by golden halos. Here the lord Arch- bishop himself sat in great estate and pomp, being surrounded by a very exalted court of clerks of high degree and also of knights of honorable estate, so that all that centre of the field glistered with the splendor of gold and silver embroidery, and was made beautiful by various colors of rich apparel and bright with fine armor of excellent workmanship.
And indeed, such was the stateliness of all these circumstances that very few who were there had ever seen so noble a preparation for battle as that which they then beheld. Now, when all that great assembly were in their places and everything had been prepared in due wise, an herald came and stood forth before the enstalled throne of the Archbishop and blew a very strong, loud blast upon a trumpet.
At that signal the turnpikes of the lists were imme- diately opened and two parties of knights-contestant entered therein the one party at the northern extremity of the meadow of battle and the other party at the southern extremity thereof.
Then immediately all that lone field was a-glitter with the bright-shining splendor of the sunlight upon polished armor and accoutrements. So these two parties took up their station, each at such a place as had been assigned unto them the one to the north and the other to the south. But though the party with whom Sir Kay had attached himself numbered less by three than the other party, yet was it the stronger by some degree because that there were a number of knights of great strength and renown in that company.
Indeed it may be here mentioned that two of those knights afterward became companions in very good credit of the round table to wit: Sir Mador de la Porte, and Sir Bedevere which latter was the last who saw King Arthur alive upon this earth.
KAY ACHIEVES CREDIT I3 So, when all was prepared according to the ordination of the tourna- ment, and when those knights-contestant had made themselves ready in all ways that were necessary, and when they aad dressed their spears and their shields in such a manner as befitted knights about to enter serious battle, the herald set his trumpet to his lips a second time and blew upon it with might and main.
Then, having sounded this blast, he waited for a while and then he blew upon the trumpet again. And, upon that blast, each of those parties of knights quitted its station and rushed forth in great tumult against the other party, and that with such noise and fury that the whole earth groaned beneath the feet of the war-horses, and trembled and shook as with an earthquake.
So those two companies met, the one against the other, in the midst of the field, and the roar of breaking lances was so terrible that those who heard it were astonished and appalled at the sound.
For several fair dames swooned away with terror of the noise, and others shrieked aloud ; for not only was there that great uproar, but the air was altogether filled with the splinters of ash wood that flew about. In that famous assault threescore and ten very noble and honorable knights were overthrown, many of them being trampled beneath the hoofs of the horses ; wherefore, when the two companies withdrew in retreat each to his station the ground was beheld to be covered all over with broken fragments of lances and with cantels of armor, and many knights were seen to be wofully lying in the midst of all that wreck.
And some of these champions strove to arise and could not, while others lay alto- gether quiet as though in death.
To these ran divers esquires and pages in great numbers, and lifted up the fallen men and bare them away to places of safe harborage. And likewise attendants ran and gathered up the cantels of armor and the broken spears, and bare them away to the barriers, so that, by and by, the field was altogether cleared once more.
Then all those who gazed down upon that meadow gave loud acclaim with great joyousness of heart, for such a noble and glorious contest at arms in friendly assay had hardly ever been beheld in all that realm before.
Now turn we unto Sir Kay; for in this assault he had conducted himself with such credit that no knight who was there had done better than he, and maybe no one had done so well as he. For, though two sir Ka opponents at once had directed their spears against him, yet he had successfully resisted their assault. And one of those two he smote so violently in the midst of his defences that he had lifted that assailant entirely over the crupper of the horse which he 14 THE WINNING OF KINGHOOD rode, and had flung him down to the distance of half a spear's length behind his steed, so that the fallen knight had rolled thrice over in the dust ere he ceased to fall.
And when those of Sir Kay's party who were nigh to him beheld what he did, they gave him loud and vehement acclaim, and that in such meas- ure that Sir Kay was wonderfully well satisfied and pleased at heart. And, indeed, it is to be said that at that time there was hardly any knight in all the world who was so excellent in deeds of arms as Sir Kay.
And though there afterward came knights of much greater renown and of more glorious achievement as shall be hereinafter recorded in good season , yet at that time Sir Kay was reckoned by many to be one of the most wonder- fully puissant knights whether errant or in battle in all of that realm.
So was that course of the combat run to the great pleasure and satis- faction of all who beheld it, and more especially of Sir Kay and his friends. And after it had been completed the two parties in array returned each to its assigned station once more.
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In these wonderfully illustrated tales, renowned storyteller Howard Pyle carries us back to the enchanting world of King Arthur and his Round Table. The book chronicles the adventures of Arthur as he draws the sword Excalibur from the anvil, proving his right to the throne, and as he courts and wins the heart of Guinevere. Later he suffers the treachery of the wicked Morgana le Fay and witnesses the tragic fate of the Enchanter Merlin. Howard Pyle was born on March 5, , in Wilmington, Delaware. From the time he was a very small boy he loved pictures, especially the pictures in storybooks. At the age of… More about Howard Pyle. Find books coming soon in
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illustrating the actual tales written by Sir Thomas Malory, otherwise he would have found himself face to face with a difficulty. King Arthur and his knights fought.
O nce upon a time, a thousand years before Columbus discovered America, and when Rome was still the greatest city in the world, there lived a brave and beautiful youth whose name was Arthur. His home was in England, near London; and he lived with the good knight Sir Hector, whom he always called father. They dwelt in a great square castle of gray stone, with a round tower at each corner. It was built about a courtyard, and was surrounded by a moat, across which was a drawbridge that could be raised or lowered. When it was raised the castle was practically a little island and very hard for enemies to attack.
It was first published by Puffin Books in and has since been reprinted. Green attempted to weave together the many legends surrounding King Arthur in a single narrative, claiming that Thomas Malory 's version of the story, Le Morte d'Arthur , was a loose collection of separate stories. Green attempted to relate each legend so that the entire story would have a beginning, middle and end.
I read this book to my 4th grade class and it was interesting to them as we had just completed our unit on the middle ages. In the future I think I will only read the most interesting stories instead of the entire book because they did loose interest during some of the stories. This book at first made me think it would be boring.
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