Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Of the knights of the Round Table, who, during his lifetime, was considered the greatest knight of all?||Arthurian Legends
Lancelot. Arthur is often a fairly ordinary knight on the battlefield, quite regularly being unhorsed by the likes of Gawain, Gareth, and of course Lancelot.
However due to Lancelot's adultery with the Queen, he was not the one to see the holy grail, rather it was his son, Galahad.
|What name did Marion Bradley give the lady of the lake in her book 'The Mists of Avalon'?||Arthurian Legends
Viviane. An entertaining novel, with the Arthurian legend being seen through the eyes of the women. I do not recall this, but another fun-trivia user informs me that the name Viviane features in Malory's work also.
Bercelet. Merlin's eyes and ears.
|What was the name of the one seat of the round table that could only be sat in by the most perfect of knights?||Arthurian Legends
siege perileux. Galahad, Lancelot's son, was the one to sit in this seat. He went on to be the only one to set eyes on the Holy Grail.
Balin . In some retellings they killed each other.
|We all know Guenevere betrayed Arthur with Lancelot, but this only occurs in the French tradition. Who takes the place of Lancelot in the English tradition?||Arthurian Legends
Mordred. And although she is barren to Arthur, she is often said to have given Mordred two sons! (Mordred is now Arthur's nephew, rather than son)
Gawain. The Green Knight had the opportunity to behead Gawain, but spared him.
She spent her remaining days in a convent. It was her beloved Lancelot that became the hermit. Thanks for playing!
|The popular text on which we base most of our knowledge of Arthurian legends today was written by whom?||More Arthurian Legends
Sir Thomas Malory. Whilst Geoffrey of Monmouth was one of his main sources, Maloy's 'Le Morte D'arthur' is the text that most modern authors writing novels surrounding the legend rely heavily on.
Iseult. The story of their tragic love has been the subject of many medieval and modern retellings.
|What was King Vortigern told to do by his magicians in order to successfully build his fortifications?||More Arthurian Legends
Mix the blood of a fatherless man into the foundations. Merlin met this criterion, but escaped this fate by informing Vortigern that the walls kept collapsing because the foundations lay above a pool in which two dragons slept.
Round Table. Which famously began being associated with Arthur's noble knights. It was said to have been able to seat 500 men.
|Who, along with Mordred, traps Lancelot and Guinevere in a compromising position, forcing Arthur to act? ||More Arthurian Legends
Aggravaine. He is killed by Lancelot soon after.
It stopped him from losing any blood. He later lost it when Morgaine threw it into the lake, and it was never seen again.
Bedevere. Arthur had to order him several times though, as he was very reluctant.
Joyous Gard. Where he flees to with Guinevere, before Arthur and his Knights go after him.
|In the French tradition, Arthur's sword is named Excalibur. What was its earliest English title?||More Arthurian Legends
Caliburn. The original Welsh name was Caledfwlch, which was Latinised to Caliburnus (shortened to Caliburn in English) by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. In turn, this name became Excalibur when the French started writing about the legend. Although most English speakers would be more familiar with the last, it is not the original Anglicised version of the sword's name.