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More than five hundred years ago, a man called Sir Thomas Malory wrote LE MORTE D'ARTHUR (1485) the standard legend of Arthur.Today, the legend of King Arthur is still one of the best known in the world.
A WELL-KNOWN LEGEND
In England, in the fifth century, there was a king called Uther.
Uther had no heir. Thus, when he died, England was left without a king.
To choose The king of England, Merlin the Wizard put a sword named Excalibur into a stone. Many men tried to remove the sword, but they all failed. Arthur, Uther’s unknown son, succeeded: he became the king.
When he married Guinevere he received the Round Table dowry. This is where he sat with his knights, the most famous being Lancelot, Perceval and Galahad. They were men of courage, honour and dignity? Thanks of their help, Arthur won many battles against the Romans and expanded his empire.
After the Romans’ defeat, Arthur, Perceval and Galahad undertook the Quest of the Holy Grail and they had to stay away from the kingdom for several years.
the Holy Grail = The cup Christ used before his death.
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