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Mordred is the main antagonist of Malory's Morte d'Arthur. He is the illegitimate son of Arthur and his half-sister Morgause, and deeply resents his illegitimate and incestuous birth. He is...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2016 12:40 pm UTC

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On a literal level, when Arthur leaves the court to fight Lancelot over his presumed affair with Guenivere, he places Mordred on the British throne. Mordred begins to form allegiances with false...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019 5:09 pm UTC

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In book 21 of Sir Thomas Malory's epic rendition of Arthurian legend, Le Morte d'Arthur, Arthur's army meets the army of Mordred, his bastard son, on a battlefield. Arthur and Mordred are there to...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2018 10:12 am UTC

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There are two characters whose qualities and actions involve using supernatural powers or magic to affect the fates of other characters: Merlin and Morgan le Fay. Merlin is a wizard who can control...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 10:31 pm UTC

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The main conflict that exists between Arthur and Lancelot is because Lancelot is in love with Guinevere, Arthur's wife. This is made slightly more complicated by the fact that Arthur is the King...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 2:02 am UTC

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Please realize that Sir Thomas Malory makes sure this quotation from Arthur's grave, yes, his epitaph is written in Latin and not English. Therefore it reads as follows: Hic jacet Arthurus, Rex...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2015 12:03 am UTC

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In Morte d'Arthur, King Arthur is given a prophetic dream from Gawaine. Book XXI Chapter III Gawaine says, “God given me leave, for to warn you of your death; for an ye fight as to-morn with Sir...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2015 7:33 pm UTC

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In Le Morte D’Arthur, King Arthur’s army is prepared to face the army of Mordred, a former knight of the Round Table and a traitor who tried to claim Arthur’s kingdom as his own while the true king...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 12:27 pm UTC

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While virtue and heroism are major themes in Le Morte d'Arthur, to present the text as a moralistic treatise on good behavior would be problematic, to say the least. It is true that there are...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2020 12:42 pm UTC

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While both mythical ladies relate to Arthurian Legend, it depends upon the author as to how they are portrayed. For example, the Lady of the Lake is normally characterized by authors as strong and...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010 6:32 am UTC

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Uther and Igraine were King Arthur’s birth parents. When Uther first met Igraine (also spelled Igrayne), she was married. She refused King Uther Pendragon. He was devastated, and decided to go...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2012 9:18 pm UTC

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There are indeed many factors involved in the fall of Camelot, but selfishness would appear to be the most important. The Knights of the Round Table have sworn loyalty to their king, yet act in...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2018 8:48 am UTC

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We can point out quite a number of textual details which highlight how Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur version of Arthur's death is different from that in Tennyson's Idylls of the King. First of all,...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2019 7:47 pm UTC

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The famous story of King Arthur, as told in the book Le Morre d’Arthur, is rife with symbolism and imagery, particularly as it is an aggrandized fable of Arthur’s life. There are several main...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 11:32 pm UTC

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According to Aristotle's definition, a tragic hero is a noble figure whose desire to do good is affected negatively by their tragic flaw. This tragic flaw can bring about the hero's downfall. In...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 3:09 am UTC

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Arthur reputedly received the sword Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake, and in a simple explanation, he was returning it to her, if one can assume that it was her arm that reached up to catch it....

Latest answer posted February 7, 2010 3:21 pm UTC

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Gawain tries to get revenge against Launcelot when he hears about the death of his brothers. He gets Arthur to lay siege to Joyous Gard, but the pope requires Arthur and Launcelot to...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2007 1:23 am UTC

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Malory's Arthur is poignantly heroic. In Malory's shaping of the many stories of Arthur's adventures, we find a progression of character. Initially a young and eager king prone to conventional...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 7:58 pm UTC

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[eNotes educators are only permitted to answer one question per posting. Please ask additional questions separately.] In Thomas Mallory's Le Morte d'Arthur, there are several motifs, including the...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2013 6:12 pm UTC

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In Book I Chapter 5 the events are described that lead up to Arthur pulling the stone from the sword for the first time. The sword appears in the churchyard of the "greatest church in London" (15)...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2009 11:49 am UTC

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The final battle, properly called the Battle of Camlann, pits Arthur and his knights against Mordred, his treacherous son, who has claimed the throne of England while Arthur was away, renewing...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2015 3:20 am UTC

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[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. Additional questions should be posted separately.] In Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, all the knights of King Arthur's court swear...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 2:53 pm UTC

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One conflict arises from the simple miscommunication of action. Both Mordred and Arthur, not trusting one another wholly, have instructed their men to fight to the death if any warrior on the...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2008 12:32 am UTC

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A code of chivalry existed in the Middle Ages that became, in essence, a way of life. It provided a framework for the proper hero, one whose morals were above reproach and whose actions adequately...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 7:56 pm UTC

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In very simple terms, one could say that what is morally good in Le Morte d'Arthur consists of adhering to the chivalric code as well as the teachings of the church. And what is morally bad...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2020 3:31 pm UTC

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In Le Morte d'Arthur, dreams take on the role of prophetic visions that describe future events. The prominence of prophetic dreams within the story demonstrates their importance to the culture of...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2016 9:55 pm UTC

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More than anything else, Excalibur symbolizes power. Whoever wields this mighty sword is universally recognized as the rightful king of England. But as well as earthly power, Excalibur also...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 6:21 am UTC

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It sounds as though you are struggling on this assignment but have made a good start in understanding why you are having issues with it. The first issue seems to be understanding Le Morte...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 8:31 pm UTC

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In Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, Excalibur, the name of the sword young Arthur retrieves literally is a symbol of power among the leaders of the kingdom who are all vying for control upon the death...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2012 4:06 am UTC

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At the end of Le Morte d'Arthur, we are left with a few characters still standing. First, Sir Bedivere "swooned" and implores the church hermit, who is in actuality the former Bishop of Canterbury,...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2018 4:10 pm UTC

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The chivalric code dates from the Dark Ages of Britain, and was recorded in writing in the eighth century AD. Because this code was in use during the time of the Emperor Charlemagne, it is known as...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 12:31 pm UTC

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Sir Lucan's death is described as a matter of fact; indeed, Malory is unimpassioned in his description of how the brave knight dies. ...and Sir Lucan fell in a swoon with the lift, that the part...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2015 7:03 pm UTC

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The general characteristics of a medieval romantic hero include several conditions. First, the hero's birth is shrouded in mystery. Second, the hero is raised away from his true parents and far...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 3:46 am UTC

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In this epic story, the ambitious Sir Mordred faces King Arthur and his knights on the battlefield. The two armies fight at Dover and Barham Down. In both battles, Sir Mordred and his men are...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2018 11:39 pm UTC

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You can find the answer to this question in Books XX and XXI of Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, assuming that you are referring to the feud that ensues after Lancelot's infidelity with Guinevere is...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2018 8:45 pm UTC

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One of the quirky charms in Malory's Morte d'Arthur is the narrative style that offers linear episodes. We learn what characters do, but we don't receive as fully descriptive a focus on...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 12:10 am UTC

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The ending seems fated because the characters go out of their way to prevent their tragic destinies. Earlier, Merlin prophesied that Arthur would be killed by Mordred, so the spirit of Gawain...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2018 9:59 pm UTC

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There are a number of ways one can discuss archetypes as they relate to the Arthurian legend portrayed in Le Morte d'Arthur. One can examine specific archetypes represented by characters in the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 1:34 pm UTC

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Arthur originally tried to kill young Mordred when he was a baby. This was because he received a prophecy from Merlin telling him that a newborn child would ultimately be responsible for his...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019 11:27 am UTC

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In this section of Tennyson's poem, Arthur is speaking from the barge which bears him forward to the land of the dead. He speaks to Sir Bedivere, the brave knight of the Round Table who, in this...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016 3:21 am UTC

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Sir Bedivere is the last surviving Knight of the Round Table; he has lived in a hermitage since King Arthur's death. He played an important role for the king during their final battle together....

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 3:13 pm UTC

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Arthurian romances are quite varied in their presentation of events, but there are several key characters and elements which are found throughout the Arthurian tradition. Thomas Malory's Le Morte...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 8:43 pm UTC

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In Thomas Malory’s The Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney, it’s possible to argue that the place of women is both aggressive and passive. When it comes to Linet, her place appears assertive. Linet takes...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 6:38 pm UTC

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The suggestion that King Arthur is a Christ-figure appears early in Tennyson's Idylls of the King: I found Him in the shining of the stars,I marked Him in the flowering of His fields,But in His...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2014 3:41 am UTC

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Good knights in Le Morte d'Arthur include figures such as Arthur, Lancelot, Tristam, and Galahad, while bad knights include Mordred, Gaheris, and Aggravayne. The main difference between the two...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 1:46 pm UTC

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Le Morte d'Arthur was written during the fifteenth century, long after the age of chivalry had passed and was beginning to become enshrined in myth. England was transitioning from the late medieval...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020 12:44 pm UTC

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Lynette and Lyonesse make up the major female presence in "The Tale of Sir Gareth." Initially, they both seem rather powerless. Lyonesse finds her castle under siege and Lynette must go to King...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021 4:01 pm UTC

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The range of medieval taste in literature reflects a culturally diverse time period. Spanning from 5th century to the 15th century, medieval genres include tales of saint's lives, religious...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2011 8:16 am UTC

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Le Morte D’Arthur tells the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable from the time of Arthur’s conception to death. Near the end of his life, Arthur was away at battle, and his son,...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 5:05 pm UTC

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Named and unnamed hermits appear throughout Thomas Malory's epic tale Le Morte d'Arthur. It's difficult to determine which hermit is being referenced at any given time—or if one or more references...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 5:40 pm UTC

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