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Knights of the Round Table

The Round Table

The first mention of Arthur's "Round Table" was in Wace's Roman de Brut. It was said to have seated fifty knights and its shape suggested equality among the knights who sat there. The stories of the knights of the Round Table reflected the ideals of the chivalric code and the court of King Arthur was the center of order,justice and civility. When someone, usually a lady, needed help in a desperate situation, they sought the assistance of these knights. Many, if not most, of the Arthurian stories start out in just this way. A lady in distress enters the court, Arthur guarantees her assistance before knowing exactly what the situation is, and one or more knights set out to right the wrong against her.

King Arthur's Shield

A Knight's Code of Chivalry

Galahad's ShieldYvain's ShieldGwain's Shield

Prowess: To seek excellence in all endeavors;

Justice: Seek always the path of 'Right', unencumbered by personal interest;

Loyalty: Be known for unwavering commitment to your ideas and friends;

Largesse: Be generous in so far as your resources allow;

Courage: Often means choosing the more difficult path;

Nobility: Show your character by holding to the virtues and duties of a Knight;

Humility: Value first the contributions of others. Do not boast;

Defence: Defend your country, family and friends and those who can't defend themselves.

Lancelot's ShieldMordred's Shield Percival's Shield Kay's ShieldTristan's Shield

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