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Arthur

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Andrew Detiveaux

on 24 September 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea Once Upon a Time... Uther Pendragon Arthur Uther had Arthur hidden after he was born, and Merlin took him away and had him brought up by Sir Ector. Uther was the youngest son of the king. His eldest brother took throne on their father's death, but is murdered at the instigation of his adviser, who seizes the throne. Uther and his other brother Aurelius, who are still children, flee to Brittany. After the advisor's alliance with the Saxons goes disastrously wrong, Aurelius and Uther, now adults, return. Aurelius burns the castle and becomes king.
With Aurelius on the throne, Uther leads his brother's army to Ireland to help Merlin bring the stones of Stonehenge from there to Britain. Later, while Aurelius is ill, Uther leads his army against the Saxons. On the way to the battle, he sees a comet in the shape of a dragon, which Merlin interprets as a sign of Aurelius's death and Uther's glorious future. Uther wins the battle and takes the epithet "Pendragon", and returns to find that Aurelius has been poisoned by an assassin. He becomes king and secures Britain's frontiers and quells Saxon uprisings with the aid of the Duke of Cornwall. At a banquet celebrating their victories Uther becomes obsessively enamoured of Gorlois' wife, Igraine, and a war ensues between Uther and the Duke. Uther Becomes King Merlin Disguises Uther Igraine is sent away to another castle for protection while the Duke himself is besieged by Uther in another town. Uther consults with Merlin who uses his magic to transform the king into the likeness of The Duke and thus gain access to Igerna at her castle. He spends the night with her and they conceive a son, Arthur, but the next morning it is discovered that the Duke had been killed. Uther marries Igraine and they have another child, a daughter called Anna . She later marries King Lot and becomes the mother of Gawain and Mordred. Death of a King Uther later falls ill, but when the wars against the Saxons go badly he insists on leading his army himself, propped up on his horse. He defeats the Saxons, despite being called the "Half-Dead King." However, the Saxons soon contrive his death by poisoning a spring he drinks from. So... Arthur becomes king? Wrong! Because nobody knows about Arthur, the land fell into a dark time without a king, and Walt Disney can sing about it much better than I can And now for something completely different A little bit about Merlin! A wild mystic that lived in the woods. Merlin is always a mysterious figure, who rarely explains his reasons for the amazing accomplishments of his powers. Merlin is associated with the establishment of King Arthur's kingdom and his early reign. So Merlin was the one who put the sword in the stone? Yes that was Merlin. Arthur was then crowned king when he drew it. This led to a rebellion be eleven rulers which Arthur put down. He married Guinevere whose father gave him the Round Table as a dowry; it became the place where his knights sat, to avoid quarrels over precedence. A magnificent reign followed, Arthur's court becoming the focus for many heroes. In the war against the Romans, Arthur defeated the Emperor Lucius and became emperor himself. Who were the knights of the round table? Sir Lancelot Du Lac, Sir Gawaine, Sir Galahad, Sir Geraint (also known as Erec), Sir Gareth, Sir Gaheris, Sir Bors, Sir Bedivere, Sir Percivale (also named Perceval), Sir Kay, Sir Lamorak, Sir Tristan (known for his tragic affair with Isolde), Sir Yvain (also called Ywain or Owain), and the brothers Sir Balin and Sir Balan. Mordred is also one of Arthur's knights Gawain and the Green Knight One day the knights are at the round table and this knight with armor made of leaves shows up. This knight is also completely green (except for his Optimus Prime helmet of course) This knight said he had a game to play, that he would allow any knight brave enough to take one swing at him with his sword if one year later, the Green Knight could hit him back Arthur begins to take the challenge but Sir Gawain argues that the game is not for a king. So Gawain undertakes the task Gawin takes the Green Knight's sword, and chops off the Knight's head. At this point, the Green Knight picks up his head, and tells Sir Gawin to meet him at the Green chapel in a year. As the date approaches Sir Gawain sets off to find the Green Chapel and complete his bargain with the Green Knight. His long journey leads him to a beautiful castle where he meets Bertilak de Hautdesert, the lord of the castle, and his beautiful wife; both are pleased to have such a renowned guest. Gawain tells them of his New Year's appointment at the Green Chapel and says that he must continue his search as he only has a few days remaining. Bertilak laughs and explains that the Green Chapel is less than two miles away and proposes that Gawain stay at the castle. Before going hunting the next day, Bertilak proposes a bargain to Gawain: he will give Gawain whatever he catches, on condition that Gawain give him whatever he might gain during the day. Gawain accepts. After Bertilak leaves, the lady of the castle, Lady Bertilak, visits Gawain's bedroom to seduce him. Despite her best efforts, however, he yields nothing but a single kiss. When Bertilak returns and gives Gawain the deer he has killed, his guest responds by returning the lady's kiss to Bertilak, without divulging its source. The next day, the lady comes again, Gawain dodges her advances, and there is a similar exchange of a hunted boar for two kisses. She comes once more on the third morning, and Gawain accepts from her a green silk girdle, which the lady promises will keep him from all physical harm. They exchange three kisses. That evening, Bertilak returns with a fox, which he exchanges with Gawain for the three kisses -- but Gawain keeps the girdle. The next day, Gawain leaves for the Green Chapel with the girdle. He finds the Green Knight at the chapel sharpening an axe, and, as arranged, bends over to receive his blow. The first swing, Gawain flinches and the Green Knight belittles him for it. The Green Knight swings to behead Gawain, but holds back twice, only striking softly on the third swing, causing a small scar on his neck. The Green Knight then reveals himself to be the lord of the castle, Bertilak de Hautdesert, and explains that the entire adventure was a mere game arranged through the magical manipulations of Morgan le Fay, Arthur's mischievous sister. Gawain is at first ashamed and upset, but the two part on cordial terms and Gawain returns to Camelot, wearing the girdle in shame as a token of his failure to keep his promise with Bertilak and to fully follow the rules of the game. The Knights of the Round Table, it is decreed, should henceforth wear a green sash in recognition of Gawain's adventure. Lancelot Lancelot is always seen as the most heroic and noble night
He was also the one to commit adultery with Lady Guenevere. Because he is an adulterer, he is only allowed a glimpse of the Grail, while his son, Galahad eventually obtains it. Lady Guenevere Arthur's wife, is betrothed to Arthur early in his career, while he is garnering support. When Lancelot arrives later, she is instantly smitten, and they soon consummate the adultery that will bring about Arthur's fall. However, Arthur is not aware of their relationship or adultery for quite a while, until at a feast when he realizes that neither Lancelot nor Guinevere is there. Their affair is exposed by two of King Lot's sons, Agravain and Mordred, and Lancelot flees for his life while Arthur reluctantly sentences his queen to burn at the stake. Knowing Lancelot and his family will try to stop the execution, Arthur sends many of his knights to defend the pyre, though Gawain refuses to participate. Lancelot arrives and rescues the queen, and in the course of the battle Gawain's brothers Gaheris and Gareth are killed, sending Gawain into a rage so great that he pressures Arthur into war with Lancelot. The Quest for the Holy Grail "gift from God", "witness of God's grace", at least five particular people quest for it (Holy Nun, Sir Galahad, Sir Percival, Sir Lancelot, Sir Bors), located in the Castle of Carbonek Death of a king (revisited) Arthur goes to wage war on Lancelot, only to find that Mordred has taken over Camelot. Gawain convinces Arthur to go defeat Mordred, but says he can only do so with the help of Lancelot. Arthur refuses out of pride, and goes to battle. Arthur's army is outnumbered two to one, and only three of the round table members survive. Arthur fights Mordred, and runs him through with his lance, but before he dies, Mordred gives Arthur a mortal wound to the head.
Arthur instructs Bedivere to return Excalibur to the Lady in the Lake, and after several failed attempts to keep the sword, Bedivere returns the sword and witnesses a miracle. Arthur then feels his life is over, and, in some stories, dies. In other stories, Morgan Le Fay heals Arthur and takes him to the magical island of Avalon, where he is to remain untill he is needed again. But what about that chick in the lake? True the Lady of the lake gave Arthur Excalibur and its magical scabbard, but Arthur drew the sword out of the stone first, according to Thomas Mallory
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