Thomas Malory’s “Morte D’Arthur” Part II

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Previously, I posted a detailed summary of Books 1 and 2 or Malory’s “Morte D’Arthur.” Today, I have chosen bits of the other books to discuss.

holy_grail_on_whiteBook XIII: This is the beginning of the Holy Grail legend. Arthur and his knights go down to the river, where they find a stone floating (note the magic, as stones generally sink to the bottom). In the stone is a magnificent sword, which is lettered in gold with the words “Never shall man take me hence but only he who is the best knight in the world.” This sword is not meant for the renowned Launcelot nor any of the other knights. Launcelot’s stone is the Siege Perilous. Therefore, Arthur and the knights return to the palace, but magic prevails. The palace becomes dark and all the windows and doors are closed and cannot be opened. Eventually, a old man dressed in white…

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