The Principal Knights
...then the king established all his knights, and to them that there were of lands not rich, he gave them lands,and charged them never to do outrageousity nor murder, and always to flee treason; also by no mean to be cruel, but to give mercy unto him that asketh mercy, upon pain of forfeiture of their worship and lordship of King Arthur evermore; and to do the ladies, damosels, and gentlewomen succour, upon pain of death. Also, that no man take no battles in a wrongful quarrel for no law, nor for no world's goods. Unto this were all the knights sworn of the Round Table, both old and young. And every year they were sworn at the high feast of Pentecost.
Morte d'Arthur, Malory 1460
Sir Kay-- One of Arthur's earliest companions, and his faithful Seneschal, a rough, cynical but dauntlessy loyal figure. Was squire to Sir Kay while living with Sir Ector.
Sir Lancelot du Lac--Lancelot of the Lake, was the son of King Ban
of Benwick and Queen Elaine. He was the greatest fighter of
all and hero of many romances. Lancelot was raised by the Lady of the Lake
and his undying love for Queen Guinevere eventually destroyed the fellowship
of the Round Table. He was one of the knights in quest of the Holy
Grail, but owing to his pride, was unable to see the Grail. Some of Lancelot's
other adventures included the rescue of Queen Guinevere when abducted by
and the rescue of the Queen when she was sentenced to be burned to death
for the discovery of her adultry with Lancelot. Sir Lancelot was
loved by Elaine
of Astolat, but she dies because her love was not returned. Elaine
the daughter of King Pelles, tricked Lancelot into sleeping with her and
from that, Galahad was born. Lancelot was probably the most
famous knight of the legend of King Arthur.
Sir Bors--A leading figure in the quest for the Holy Grail. Sir Bors was the only knight to survive the quest and return to the court of King Arthur.
Galahad--The son of Lancelot du Lac and Elaine, Galahad was
the perfect knight for his courtesy, strength and purity. Upon
his arrival at King Arthur's court, he sat in the Siege Perilous, the seat
at the Round Table that was reserved for the Grail Knight. Being
the chosen knight, he was the one that caused the knights to set
out on the quest for the Holy Grail. Galahad was conceived when Elaine
tricked Lancelot into sleeping with her, making Lancelot believe he was
sleeping with Guinevere.
Sir Percival--An earlier version of the Galahad figure, Sir Percival was the youngest and purest of Arthur's knights and stood as a symbol for holy righteousness. Sir Percival was the one who was the hero of the Grail Quest.
Sir Tristan--Nephew or son of King Mark of Cornwall, and lover of one Isolde while husband of another--his story has evolved into one of the great classic romances of all time. Isolde came to marry King Mark, but after drinking a love potion, fell madly in love with Tristan. When she heard of Tristan's death, she died of a broken heart. Although she married King Mark, she never loved him. Tristan married another Isolde, of White Hands, but never stopped loving the original Isolde.
Tristan and Isolde drink the love potion
Mordred and Arthur at Camlann
Round Table--Article from the Philosopical Research Society
Middle Ages--Great online resource unit for teachers and students with knights, castles, heraldry, and more.
and Arthurian Legend-- Legend of the Knights of the Round Table and