Le Morte d'Arthur
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What time period do these legends take place?
From medieval times, during the 12th century, (1470)
Where was Thomas Malory when he wrote Le Morte d'Arthur?
In a London Prison
What is Le Morte d'Arthur?
The name for the collection of legends written by Thomas Malroy
To approach and speak to, especially in an aggressive manner
Self conscious, embarrassed, or ashamed
To write, carve, or mark on a surface
Of low birth or position, without honor or worth
Wildly excited, confused, or agitated
Great ability or skill
List the three stages of becoming a knight
1. (Age 7) become a page or varlet
2. (Age 14) become a squire
3. (Age 21) initiation to knighthood
What is the Knights code of honor?
1. Invincible strength
5. Loyalty to superiors
6. Courtesy to equals
7. Compassion to weakness
8. Devotedness to the church
Why does King uther invite the duke to his castle?
So that he can meet Igraine, the Dukes wife, and ask her to become his mistress (paramour)
Why does King uther become so distressed after the King and his wife leave?
Because Igraine refused to be his mistress and she and the King left at once
How does Igraine react when she finds out that King uther is actually the father of her child?
She is overjoyed to find out that the father of her child is now her husband
What request does Merlin make of King uther?
That King uther will give the child he and Igraine bear to merlins care.
Why does Arthur first pull the sword from the stone?
At the tournament, sir Kay realizes that his sword is missing so Arthur went back to the home to retrieve it. However, the home was locked and so he went to st. Paul's and pulled to sword from the stone so that he would not disappoint sir Kay.
After Arthur becomes King, what position does he give sir Kay?
What is Launcelot seeking to prove when he goes off on his adventure?
What happens to sir Lyonel when sir Launcelot is asleep under the tree?
He woke up and saw three Knights being overtaken by a fourth knight, and decided to challenge the fourth knight. The fourth knight, sir Tarquine, overtook sir Lyonel and took him as prisoner to his castle and locked him in the dungeon.
Why are Morgan le Fay and the other queens so impressed with Launcelot?
They think he is attractive
What does the noblewoman ask of Launcelot if she helps him escape Morgan le Fay's cell?
That Launcelot will represent her father, King Bagdamagus, in a tournament joust against the Knights of the King of north Gayls.
When Launcelot defeats the three Knights that were following sir Kay, what two things does he demand from them?
That they will go as prisoners of sir Kay and yield to Queen Gwynevere.
Why does Launcelot exchange armor with sir Kay?
So that sir Kay can ride unbothered and sir Launcelot will encounter sir Kay's opponents.
When sir Launcelot rescues the sixty ladies, whose castle does he find out it actually is?
Why is sir Tarquine so determined to kill sir Launcelot?
Launcelot killed his brother
What rumor does the young noblewoman say has been going around as to why Launcelot has never married?
He is under Queen Gwynevere's spell that will never allow him to love another woman.
What does Arthur's behavior immediately after pulling the sword tell you about him? How might his rule be different from ushers?
It demonstrates his strength of character and humility. He will be honest and do what is right. He would never shift his appearance and trick a woman into having a child with him. He would also never unfairly destroy a city just because a married woman would not become his mistress.
What does sir launcelots explanation for not marrying tell you about his values?
He says he rather not be tied down. This tells us that he values his position as a knight and enjoys the adventure of it all.
What do you learn about sir Kay's character in the tale of King Arthur that foreshadows what his fellow Knights think of him in the tale of sir Launcelot du lake?
He is prideful and his pride took over him so that he was so willing to lie about pulling the sword from the stone. This is why the Knights think that he is too prideful despite his many defeats.