King Arthur

How Arthur became king, the Sword in the Stone, and more!

King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake

Have you ever heard of different people in the King Arthur stories? Some of these people are Sir Lancelot, Merlin, Sir Ector, or Lady of the Lake. Sir Ector was a loyal ally of the King Uther. Sir Lancelot was Arthur's best friend. He was also a knight of King Arthur. Merlin was King Arthur's wizard or wise magician. He set the sword in the stone so that Arthur would be the one to pull it out and become king.

The Lady of the Lake was a magical creature who had an under water home. She was the one who gave Arthur his sword, Excalibur. Arthur asked Sir Bedivere to return Excalibur, Arthur's sword, to the magical lake. Pretending to do what Arthur asked him, Bedivere hid Excalibur under a bush. Bedivere said that the sword sank when Arthur asked what happened when he threw the sword into the lake. Arthur told him to go do the job when he knew Bedivere was lying. When Bedivere threw the sword into the lake, he saw the Lady of the Lake catch it. In a boat, three queens arrived and took Arthur away. They took him to the Isle of Avalon. It is believed that Arthur died there soon afterwards.

The Sword in the Stone

Do you ever wonder how somebody becomes king? Nobody knew King Uther had a son when he died. There was a lot of arguing about who should be king of Britain. In the churchyard of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, a mysterious stone appeared. A huge sword with a message on it was sticking out of the stone. Whoever pulled the sword from the stone would be the king of Britain. Nobody could pull the sword out of the stone. When Arthur was fifteen years old, he forgot his foster brother's, Kay, sword when they were on the way to Kay's first tournament. Arthur went looking for a sword and came across the sword in the stone. He easily pulled it out. Arthur gave it to Kay. Kay found the message and everyone wanted to know who pulled out the sword. Nobody believed Arthur pulled the stone, but he did.

The Code of Chivalry

You might think that knights don't need any rules or anything to go by. But, in the story of King Arthur, there are rules for The Knights of the Round Table. Their rules are called the Code of Chivalry. The Code of Chivalry has twelve rules: to never lay down arms, to seek after wonders, when called upon to defend the rights of the weak with all one's strength, to injure no one, not to attack one another, to fight for the safety of one's country, to give one's life for one's country, to seek nothing before honor, never to break faith for any reason, to practice religion most diligently, to grant hospitality to anyone each according to his ability, and whether in honor or disgrace to make a report with the greatest fidelity to truth to those who keep the annals. These rules developed between 1170 and 1220.
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Currin, Nathan. "The Knights of the Round Table | King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table." The Knights of the Round Table | King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table. Copyright, 2001. Web. 03 May 2016.