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King Arthur and also His Knights by Maude Radford WarrenKing Arthur by Maude Radford Warren
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Chapter 19: Sir Lancelot and Elaine

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Every year King Arthur"s knights hosted a grand tournament among themselves, and contended in friendly combat for a prize. This prize was a diamond.Once, in the beforehand days of his kingship, Arthur was walking on a craggy hill, once he came upon the skeleton of a man that had actually once been a leader. The skull still wore a gold crvery own set with nine big diamonds. King Arthur took the crvery own and also had actually the diamonds uncollection. Each year at the friendly tournament he provided among these diamonds as a prize.There had been eight tournaments, and at each Sir Lancelot had won the diamond. The jewel that was to be offered as a prize at the ninth tournament was the largest and also many beautiful of all. Everyone, of course, expected that Sir Lancelot would win it, but only a few days prior to the challenge he announced to the king that he would certainly not contend.Then the queen was vexed, for she loved Sir Lancelot even more than all the various other knights, and it offered her excellent joy to see him always effective in the tournaments. Because of this she urged him to readjust his decision."My queen," he sassist, "I told the king I would not fight."
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"The Lady of Shalott" by Henry Meynell RheamThe queen responded, "My advice is that you go in disguise. The knights who dispute through you carry out so however half-heartedly, for they understand your great fame and feel certain of failure. If they did not understand who you were, they would certainly fight better and win more glory for themselves. Then fight as a stranger knight, and after that define to the king."Sir Lancelot took her advice. He rode away over the woods and also hills till he involved the castle of Astolat, wright here he made a decision to stop and also ask for a disguise. He knocked on the gate, which was opened by an old dumb servant, and entered the courtyard. The lord of Astolat involved fulfill him with his 2 sons, Sir Torre and Sir Lavaine, and his beautiful daughter Elaine. The lord of the castle shelp, "Fair sir, whoever you are, you are welcome. You seem to me a lot choose a Knight of the Round Table.""That I am," shelp Sir Lancelot. "Hereafter I will tell you my name; at existing I wish to remain unrecognized. I must enter the coming tournament as an unknown knight, and I should like to leave via you my great shield, for it is as well well-known in Camelot as I. Will you store it and lfinish me another one?"Then answered the Lord of Astolat, "You might take the shield of my kid Torre. He was hurt in his first tournament, and also has not been able to fight because. My child Lavaine will gladly go via you to the tournament. Perhaps," added the lord, laughing, "he have the right to win the diamond, and also put it in his sister Elaine"s hair.""Nay, father, perform not make me ashamed before this noble knight," said the young Lavaine. "I recognize I have the right to never win the diamond for Elaine, however I can at least execute my finest to fight.""Gladly will certainly I take you for a companion," shelp Sir Lancelot, "and if you can, win the diamond for this fair maiden.""Such a diamond," said Sir Torre, "is fit for a queen, and not for an easy girl."Sir Lancelot smiresulted in himself. He was sure that he should win the diamond. Then he supposed to offer it via the eight others to Queen Guinevere. He spoke kindly, but, to the beautiful Elaine. "In fact, this fair maiden is fit to be a queen."Then Elaine lifted her eyes and also looked at him. He was twice as old as she was. His challenge was reduced and also scarred through wounds which he had actually obtained in fight, yet as she looked at him, she loved him, and also felt that she would certainly proceed to love him till the day of her death.They got in the great hall wright here a supper was lhelp. Sir Lancelot talked of King Arthur and also his goodness and also all his glorious deeds. Elaine believed that even Arthur might not be so brave as this wonderful lord. All night lengthy she dreamed of him. In the morning she climbed early and also went dvery own in the courtyard wright here Sir Lancelot and Sir Lavaine were mounting their steeds."Fair lord," she shelp boldly to Sir Lancelot, "will certainly you wear my token in your helmet?"Then said Sir Lancelot, "Fair maiden, I have never before worn favor nor token for any lady in the tournaments. This is famous to be my practice."
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"The Lady of Shalott" by William Holman Hunt"But if you wear my token," she shelp, "tright here will be far much less likelihood of your being well-known by your fellow knights.""That is exceptionally true, my kid," he said. "Bring it to me. What is it?"She held it out to him; it was a red sleeve embroidered with pearls. Sir Lancelot bound it in his helmet and also said, "I have actually never before done so much before for any maiden."Then he and also Sir Lavaine bade Elaine farewell, and the beautiful maiden ran as much as the tower of the castle and also watched them from the home window for a long time. When they were out of sight she asked the old dumb servant to carry Sir Lancelot"s shield to the tower. It was a large shield of silver, with three lions emblazoned upon it in gold and blue, however its polimelted surchallenge was extended via dents and scratches. Elaine knelt prior to it, and made a story for each scrape and also mark, picturing to herself the contests in which the excellent shield had actually taken part. For many type of weeks she continued to be near it all day lengthy in the turret, watching for Sir Lancelot and also her brvarious other to return.At the same time those 2 had ridden lightly to Camelot, and once they were practically tright here, Sir Lancelot told Sir Lavaine his name. The young male was astoniburned. He was incredibly happy, too, to think that he was a companion to the excellent knight of whom he had actually heard so often.When Sir Lancelot and Sir Lavaine arrived on the area wbelow the tournament was to be organized, they stood looking at the king, that sat upon the great carved chair which had dragons" heads for the arms and also the back. On his red robe was embroidered a gold dragon, and a gold dragon was also on his crown. Above him, collection in a canopy, was the nine diamond. All about the king to left and also right were rows of females whose robes offered to the pavilion in which they sat the brilliant hues of the rainbow.Sir Lancelot shelp to young Sir Lavaine, "Look at the king. You think I am good, but he is better than I. I have the right to fight better than he deserve to, but his heart is higher than mine. Aim to become a Knight of the Round Table, and follow the instance of goodness which Arthur sets for his knights."At this minute the trumpets blew as a signal that the tournament was to begin. The knights spurred their horses forward, and in a moment their spears and also shields clamelted. Sir Lancelot rode lightly right here and also tbelow, overthrowing everyone through whom he disputed. All wondered at the skill of this unrecognized knight. Then Sir Lancelot"s kinsmen, his nephew, Sir Lionel, and also others, were angry and jealous."Our Sir Lancelot should be right here," they said, "to overcome this stranger knight.""Perhaps this is Sir Lancelot," sassist one. "Two knights cannot fight so well in this human being. It should be Sir Lancelot."
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"The Lady of Shalott" by William Maw Egley"No, no," shelp the others; "Sir Lancelot would certainly never wear a lady"s favor, and this knight wears a red sleeve embroidered with pearls. Let us collection on this male and teach him that if Sir Lancelot is not below, we, his kinsmen, will certainly fight for his fame."Then all together they bore down on Sir Lancelot. His steed went down in the shock, and also he himself was wounded. A spear had pierced his breastplate and also snapped off in his side.Young Sir Lavaine ruburned to aid Sir Lancelot. The good knight climbed gradually and, through the aid of his frifinish, drove earlier his kith and kin to the much side of the area. Then sounded a great blare of trumpets, and the king prodeclared the stranger knight victor."Come forward," the herald cried, "and also take your diamond."But poor Sir Lancelot sassist, "Talk not to me of diamonds. Give me air. I fear me I have actually received my fatality wound, and I bid you follow me not."Sir Lavaine helped him upon his steed, and they two rode gradually off the field. When they were near the neighboring forest the good knight fell from his horse and also cried, "Pull forth the spear-head which is in my side.""Oh, my lord," shelp Sir Lavaine, "I am afraid you will certainly die if I attract it forth.""I shall die if you leave it," shelp Sir Lancelot.So Sir Lavaine drew it forth easily, leading to Sir Lancelot to faint from the pain. Then a hermit that lived surrounding concerned them, and also bore the wounded knight right into his hut, wbelow for many a week Sir Lancelot lay in between life and also fatality.When Arthur found that the unrecognized knight had actually gone, no one knew whither, he was sorry. He dubbed the light-hearted Sir Gawain and sassist to him, "Go forth, take this diamond and look for the stranger knight. Do not cease from your search till you have actually left the diamond in his hand."Then Arthur saw the queen. She had been ill and also had not attfinished the tournament. When the king told her all that had happened, she cried, "A stranger knight! My lord, my lord! That was our dear Sir Lancelot. He was fighting in disguise.""Alas! he is hurt," sassist the king. "Perhaps he is dying. He shelp that he would certainly not fight. He must have actually told me that he supposed to fight in disguise. The fact, my queen, is always finest.""Yes, my great lord, I know it," she said. "If I had yet let our Lancelot tell the truth, probably he would certainly not have been wounded. You would certainly have actually dubbed on his kinsguys to cease."
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"Lancelot and Elaine" by Sidney PagetFor many days the king and also Guinevere waited in deep stress and anxiety for news of Sir Lancelot. Meantime, Sir Gawain rode forth and also sought for the great knight in vain. At last he concerned the castle of Astolat, wbelow he was welcomed by the lord and also Sir Torre and also the fair Elaine. He told them the result of the tournament, and just how the stranger knight had won. They confirmed him Sir Lancelot"s shield."Ah!" shelp Elaine, when he had told them the name of the unwell-known knight, "I knew that he should be good."Sir Gawain guessed by the expression of her beautiful challenge that she loved Sir Lancelot. So he said, "Fair maiden, when he returns here for his shield, give him this diamond, which is the prize he won. Perhaps he will prize it the even more bereason you put it into his hand."Then Sir Gawain bade them farewell and also rode off, lightly singing. When he told Arthur what he had actually done, the king sassist, "You must have actually done as I bade you, Gawain. Sir Lancelot deceived me about his disguise, and you have disobeyed me. The kingdom will sucount fail if the king and also his rules are not honored. Obedience is the courtesy due to queens."On the other hand the fair Elaine went to her father and shelp, "Dear father, let me go and seek the wounded Sir Lancelot and my brother.""Nay," shelp the lord, "it is not a fitting point for a young maiden choose you to seek a wounded knight. He is not your lover. It cannot be.""I would certainly give him his diamond," she shelp, "and because he is so sorely wounded, I would take care of him. It is not fitting, my father, but I cannot live unmuch less I understand where he is and also just how he does."Then, because he loved his boy incredibly a lot and had actually never before refused any kind of repursuit she made of him, the old lord let her go in care of Sir Torre. The 2 rode for a lengthy time, till at last, close to Camelot, they met Sir Lavaine. Elaine ran as much as him and cried, "Lavaine, take me to Sir Lancelot."Sir Lavaine was much astonished that Elaine kbrand-new the name of the stranger knight. He was glad to see her, because he thought she could aid his frifinish. Sir Lancelot appeared glad to check out her, as well, and the beautiful maiden cared for him so tenderly that the old hermit said he never before could have actually respanned without her nursing. When he was well sufficient, they all rode to the castle of Astolat.
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"The Lady of Shalott" by John Atkinboy GrimshawTbelow Sir Lancelot remained for a couple of days; then he took his shield and ready to return to Camelot. Before he went he asked Elaine if he can not carry out something for her in rerevolve for her treatment of him.She prospered incredibly pale and also then she sassist, "I am going to say somepoint which I must not. I love you. Take me with you to Camelot."Sir Lancelot shelp very gently, "My negative bit maiden, if I had actually expected to take a wife, I need to have actually wedded earlier. All the court knows that I love just the king and the queen. You perform not really love me. Some day you will certainly marry a young knight, and also then I shall provide you many kind of castles and also much land as a dowry.""I will certainly have nothing of all that," sassist Elaine.She turned amethod and also climbed up to the tower, while her father shelp to Sir Lancelot, "I pray you, be discourteous in some method so that she will certainly cease to love you. Such love is madness.""It is not my halittle bit to be discourteous," sassist Sir Lancelot. "However, when she stands at the turret window to wave me farewell, I will certainly not look up at her."Sir Lancelot rode sadly amethod, and did not look up at the window where Elaine stood. She watched him till he disshowed up, and also then she fell in a swoon. Day after day she pined amethod, and one morning she sassist to her father, "Dear father, I am going to die. When I am dead, take my bed and cover it with affluent draperies. Then dress me in my the majority of beautiful clothes; put a letter I have actually right here in my hand also, and also lay me on the bed. Set it on a barge, and let our dumb servant steer it dvery own the river to Camelot."Her father wept, and promised to carry out all that she asked.
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"Elaine"s Body Arrives at Camelot" by an Unwell-known ArtistSir Lancelot had gone to the Court, where he was got through excellent rejoicing. For many type of days the knights and women hosted excellent feasting in his honor, and also the king and also the queen would hardly allow him to leave their existence. One day while the 3 stood looking out of the royal residence home window, they witnessed a babsence barge come progressively down the river.It quit at the royal residence door, and also the king, going dvery own, saw on it the beautiful maiden Elaine, pale in fatality. She was dressed in white satin, and bore a lily in her left hand and also a letter in her best. The king ordered two of his knights, the excellent Sir Galahad and Sir Perceval, to carry Elaine into his excellent hall. Then Arthur check out the letter, which said, "Many noble lord, Sir Lancelot of the Lake: I, Elaine, the massist of Astolat, come to take my last farewell of you, for you left me without a farewell. I loved you, and my love had no rerotate, and also so I died."The knights and ladies wept. Sir Lancelot sassist to Arthur, "My king, I grieve for the fatality of this maiden, but as I did not love her, I can not wed her."The king answered, "You are not to blame, Sir Lancelot. The people has in it much that is sad and much that is joyous. Tright here are happenings for which no humale being deserve to be blamed. It would certainly be a fitting deed, yet, if you had actually this maiden richly hidden."Sir Lancelot ordered a splendid funeral, such as should be provided to a queen. Over Elaine"s grave was raised a beautiful tomb on which was sculpted her number, via the left hand holding a lily; at her feet lay the shield of Sir Lancelot, and the sad story of her fatality was created on the tomb in letters of gold and blue.