Knights of The Round Table
Avalon is all part of the myths and fables of King Arthur and the knight of the Round Table. But who were the knights and what was the Round Table that feature so prominently in Avalon 2?
The Round Table was the central meeting point and the highest Order of Chivalry at the Court of King Arthur. The knights were made up of the highest echelons of society at the time: the highest ranking fighting force who were subject to a strict code of honour and service.
Sir Thomas Malory details the code as follows:
- To never do outrage nor murder
- Always to flee treason
- To by no means be cruel but to give mercy unto him who asks for mercy
- To always do ladies, gentlewomen and widows succor
- To never force ladies, gentlewomen or widows
- Not to take up battles in wrongful quarrels for love or worldly goods
Giovanni Boccaccio expanded on the code, which he said called on its members:
- To never lay down arms
- To seek after wonders
- When called upon, to defend the rights of the weak with all one's strength
- To injure no one
- Not to attack one another
- To fight for one's country
- To die for one's country
- To seek honour before all else
- To keep the faith
- To live a deeply religious life
- To be hospitable to strangers
According to myth, there wer 25 Knight of the Round Table as follows:
Sir Lancelot du Lac
Sir Tristram de Lyones
Sir Gareth (Goodhands)
Sir Bors de Ganis
Sir Ector de Maris
Sir Brunor le Noir
Sir Lybyus Dysconyus
Of these, the most famous is probably Sir Lancelot. Sir Lancelot of the Lake was one of Arthur's most trusted knights, but he fell for the beautiful Queen Guinevere. He was brought up by the Lady of the Lake, hence his title. Sir Lancelot was the only knight who defeated King Arthur in a joust. He was a Red Cross Knight, with a quest to find the Holy Grail.
Galahad was the illegitimate son of Launcelot and Elaine of Corbenic. Galahad was famously taken to a river by Arthur where a sword lay in a stone with an inscription that read “Never shall man take me hence but only he by whose side I ought to hang; and he shall be the best knight of the world.”
Galahad pulls the sword out with ease and King Arthur labels him to be the greatest knight ever. Sir Galahad becomes a Knight of the Round Table, and joins the quest for the Holy Grail.