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The Death of King Arthur
The Death of King Arthur
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ISBN-13: 9780140442557
ISBN-10: 0140442553
Publication Date: 4/30/1972
Pages: 240
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Publisher: Penguin Classics
Book Type: Paperback
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More blatant Norman French propaganda. Lancelot, the "greatest knight ever", did not exist until the Norman poet Chretien de Troyes invented him. By the time this was written, even King Arthur, whom Lancelot was meant to replace (hence his usurpation of Gwnhyfar, known as Guinnevere to the French), acknowledged that "God has set King Ban (Lancelot's uncle)'s race before all others." The death of King Arthur is more literary and figurative than literal, because he slips into the meanest of folly in the end of his life and ends it ignominiously, taking the glory of the British with him.