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Lancelot, King Arthur, and Queen Guenevere

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Nicki Reeder

on 17 October 2012

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Transcript of Lancelot, King Arthur, and Queen Guenevere

Queen Guinevere Lancelot King Arthur Background Information Story of Lancelot, King Arthur, and Queen Guenevere Lancelot, a gallant knight and part of the Knights of the Round Table, is a legendary character who is often talked about in British Literature. Queen Guinevere, wife of King Arthur, is a character in British literature and is known for having had a love affair with King Arthur's chief knight, Lancelot. King Arthur is a legendary British leader of the fifth and sixth centuries. He supposedly led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders in the sixth century. The Legend of the Love Triangle between Lancelot, King Arthur, and Queen Guinevere is one of the first love stories, more importantly one of the first forbidden love stories, in literature. Early accounts of the legend of the love triangle claim that King Arthur is ignorant and in denial of Queen Guinevere's love affair with Lancelot. Later accounts, however, claim that King Arthur found the queen guilty of treason and had her burned at the stake. Guinevere is portrayed by Geoffrey of Monmouth as a noble lady with a Roman heritage, raised by Duke Cador of Cornwall. Geoffrey of Monmouth also claims that Queen Guinevere flees to Caerleon and enters a convent at the end of King Arthur's reign Different variations of the love story show the characters in different lights: Early stories show King Arthur as a rescuer and Queen Guinevere as unethical, while later stories portray Lancelot as Queen Guinevere's rescuer. The most popular version of the story is used as a plot for many musicals and movies, including "Camelot" and "The First Knight." King Arthur marries Queen Guinevere. King Arthur creates the Knights of the Round Table. Sir Lancelot makes his way to England. Lancelot and Queen Guinevere fall in love. King Arthur's illegitimate son, Mordred, stirs up trouble. Lancelot escapes, Guinevere is sentenced to death King Arthur challenges Lancelot to a duel. An excerpt from "Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere" by Lord Alfred Tennyson "Then, in the boyhood of the year,
Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere
Rode thro' the coverts of the deer,
With blissful treble ringing clear...

...A man had given all other bliss,
And all his worldly worth for this,
To waste his whole heart in one kiss
Upon her perfect lips." King Arthur's boyhood tutor, Merlin, lived backwards in time. He grew younger as time moved forward. King Arthur's nickname as a child was "Wart," derived from "Art" which is short for "Arthur." King Arthur became a king when he pulled a sword from a stone.
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