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The Round Table

King Arthur married Guinevere and as part of her dowry she brought with her a large round table, large enough to seat one hundred and fifty warriors at one time. Being round, there could be no head of the table and so no one could take precedence over another.

Thus Arthur and his knights became known for their justice.

Of all the adventures the knights had the most famous was the quest for the Holy Grail. It was said to be the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper and it was supposedly filled with Jesus' blood by Joseph of Arimathea.

One night when King Arthur and his knights were seated at the round table a loud crack of thunder was heard. A beam of light stronger than normal came into the room and as they looked around they thought that the others had never looked so beautiful before.

Then a cup, shrouded in white silk, came into the room and, trailing an overbearing sweetness, it travelled through the room leaving behind it the foods that they loved most.

Sir Gawain swore to find it and to see it without its shroud and the other knights stood and made the same vow.

The king was upset for he knew that the knights would never return alive and he was now deprived of their friendship.

In the end he was proven right, for only Sir Galahad would succeed in the quest and even he would not return with the news to Arthur.

Category: The Legend of King Arthur | Added by: obiflo (22 October 10)
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