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  • Arthurian Legend Is A Group Of Stories Of King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table The Legends Originated As A Collecti - 1,573 words
    Arthurian Legend is a group of stories of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The legends originated as a collection of folk tales passed down by oral tradition. As the stories spread through Europe different scenes as well as different versions appear in different countries. Consequently some of the stories have minor contradictions with each other. However, even though the story has been modified on several occasions, the same basic stories of adventure, romance, combat, betrayal, and chivalry remain the same. Stories of the rise and the fall of heroes are still very much at their core. One interesting part of the Arthur legend is that a real Arthur may have existed. A sixth ce ...
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  • Arthurian Legend Is A Group Of Stories Of King Arthur And His Knights Of The Round Table The Legends Originated As A Collecti - 1,540 words
    ... orce with greater numbers. After a long battle almost all of her knights were defeated and she agreed to go with him if hed let them live. The battle ended and Melegans took the survivors captive so none of them could tell Lancelot, because he feared him greatly. After hearing that a message was secretly sent to Lancelot he prepared a trap for him. When Lancelot approached the site of the battle he had his horse shot out from under him. As he walked on to Melegans castle a cart came along on which he hitched a ride, which it was shameful for a knight to ride in the back of a cart (Bullfinch, n,p.). Once Lancelot finally got to her she was ashamed he rode in a cart but after telling her h ...
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  • King Arthur - 394 words
    King Arthur There has been a lot of material written about the legendary King Arthur and although he has been a popular figure inliterature for over 800 years, not a lot is known about the real Arthur. It is believed that Arthur was a 5the-century British King named Riothamus (meaning "high king") who ruled from 454 - 470 A.D. and led an army into Gaul where he was defeated by the Goths of Burgundy. Two men by the names of Jordanes (6the century) and William (11the century) contributed to the legend of Arthur. Their input was perhaps the real basis of future adaptations of the story. Arthur appeared in literature as a national hero in a book written in Latin by Geoffrey of Monmouth called Hi ...
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  • King Arthur - 423 words
    King Arthur Portayal of the Middle Ages is thought to be made of magnificent castles, beautiful clothing, great kings and queens everything and everyone perfect. No proof of the. Towns back then were not pretty. Dirt thrived in cities there were diseases and crud everywhere. Communities during the Middle Ages were not orderly. They were probably outright chaotic. As far as the king goes, he probably did not do much to help the fairness of towns. Arthur, such a great king. He would not have existed back then. Kings during the time of The Once and Future King were mostly insane, or cruel, or just should never have been remembered. No king ever did so many things that they would have stood out ...
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  • King Arthur - 512 words
    King Arthur The uglier the truth the truer the friend is a statement that has been echoed throughout the history of time. In "Camelot", King Arthur experienced this quotation first hand. Even though "Camelot" is a fictional movie, the same situation that befell King Arthur really occurs in real life to everyday people. Just by looking at Pellinore, you would not think that he was a trustworthy man. Dirty, hair uncombed, dingy clothes are all words that could be used to describe Pellinores appearance. But as the old saying goes "Dont judge a book by its cover" and you should not judge Pellinore by his looks. King Arthur had so many "Yes men" in his court, that he could not depend on them to t ...
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  • King Arthur And Beowulf - 989 words
    King Arthur And Beowulf Numerous stories about numerous heroes have been told and then retold. All of these heroes do different things and all of them have a different set of qualities which make them heroes. Due to the fact that there are only so many heroic adventures and qualities, most are shared in part with at least one other hero. Such is the case between the great hero, Beowulf, from the epic poem Beowulf and King Arthur from the story of Morte dArthur. These great heroes have strong similarities and a great deal of differences. Once their similarities have been compared and then dismissed it is evident that Beowulf is the greater hero of the two. True heroes do good things for good ...
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  • King Arthur And Camelot - 1,900 words
    King Arthur and Camelot King Arthur and Camelot The Arthurian Legends are a cycle of stories that has been shaped and passed down through over fourteen hundred years of English history. The legend of King Arthur tells of the adventures of an early king of Britain and the knights and ladies who made up his royal court at Camelot. It tells of a world filled with warriors armed with lance, sword, and armor. It speaks of jousts, tournaments, wizards, falconry, enchantresses, damsels in distress, wars, quests, and the code of chivalry. It is a legend that talks of a great king who came to throne from what seemed to be nowhere and of a noble idea that ends in tragedy. I suppose, the version we kno ...
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  • King Arthur And Merlin - 1,302 words
    ... different aspects of Merlin Merlin is a popular character when it comes to the stories of King Arthur and other stories dealing with the Arthurian age. In most of the stories written about him they refer to him as the magician, kingmaker, and prophet. We also know him as the one that takes care of Arthur from birth, who set him on the throne, who established him there in the early days of his reign as king. While most books agree that he knew King Arthur and watched over him from birth, what was he really, was he a magician with a beard in a tall pointed hat and long cloak with a magic wand that performed magic or was he a prophet that could for see the future as portrayed in the "Crysta ...
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  • King Arthur Court - 1,148 words
    King Arthur Court A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a complicated novel that fundamentally deals with the concept of the human experience. Hank Morgan is a nineteenth century mechanic who is transported back thirteen centuries to medieval Britain, during the time of King Arthur. After his initial shock, he becomes determined to "civilize" Camelot by introducing modern industrial technology. At an initial look Twain seems to be favoring the industrialized capitalist society that he lives in over the feudal society of medieval Britain. But in a closer examination of the work it becomes clear that this observation is much too simple, as the industrial world that Hank Morgan creates ...
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  • King Arthur Vs Zeus - 1,197 words
    King Arthur Vs Zeus Inside the compilation of mythical stories of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, retold by Roger Green, and Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths, two major characters in each story that could be expressed in similar and contrasting ways are Arthur, the king and head of the knights of the Round Table, and Zeus, the supreme leader of all gods and mortals. Similar resemblances that can be found in both is their shadowy lineage, their major mortal flaws, and their nature to journey on epic quests. Even though they were very similar in some aspects, the two were also very different in other means. Arthur is much more kind to his people and cares about the ...
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  • King Arthur, An Enduring Legend - 1,374 words
    King Arthur, An Enduring Legend Clodfelter 1 Christopher Clodfelter English 201 Mr. Miller February 14, 1999 King Arthur, an Enduring Legend The mystical references to Arthur and his adventures are dated in literature in some form for over 1400 years, verifying the enduring appeal of this romantic character. Since the beginnings of the English language there have been legends of great heroes. The first settlements of Britain produced stories rooted in ancient Celtic and Germanic imagination; of the many, Arthur is undoubtedly preeminent. The earliest known description of Arthurs noble endeavors was written by Gildas, (ca. 490-540) the author of De excidio et conquestu Britanniae makes refere ...
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  • Reflections Of Knights And Their Archetypal Damsels King Arthur - 536 words
    Reflections Of Knights And Their Archetypal Damsels (King Arthur) 1 495 words Reflections of Knights and Their Archetypal Damsels In The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, there are many different relationships between knights and their damsels. The damsels, in some ways, reflect in different ways throughout the knights. Some example of knights and their damsels are Merlin and Nyneve, Ewain and Lyne, and Sir Accolon and Morgan Le Fay. Nyneve is a character which reflects Merlin throughout the story. Merlin was a marvelous magician who longed to love and to be loved by Nyneve. Nyneve is a well rounded character in this story. She reflects Merlin's weaknesses by him teaching her his ma ...
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  • The Myth Of King Arthur - 1,251 words
    The Myth Of King Arthur There has been a lot of material written about King Arthur and his court. He has been a popular figure in literature for over 800 years. People believe he was only a myth and some people believe he was an actual person. Not a lot of information on King Arthur is fact; most is fictional from many types of writers. The earliest reference of Arthur is the poem Gododdin (A.D. 600) also Historia Bitton by Nennius (A.D.800). In Sir Thomas Mallory's Novel Le Morte D'Arthur, people receive a good idea on how he worked and how the life back then was. Many stories have been written and tales have been told of King Arthur but stories can't be proven to be true. There are many di ...
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  • When John Stienbeck Translated The Tales Of King Arthur He Realized That He Needed To Maintain The Elements Of Human Nature T - 385 words
    When John Stienbeck translated the tales of King Arthur he realized that he needed to maintain the elements of human nature that appeared through out the original stories. There are many examples of human nature in the sections of the book that we have read, there are good and bad aspects of human nature portrayed through the book and I will only mention a few. One example is when King Arthur tells the Lady of the Lake that he will do anything that she wants in exchange for the sword Excalibur. It is human nature to be quick to promise things when there is something important to us in exchange. We are more likely to do what ever it takes in order to get something we really "need". It is very ...
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  • 16th Century Poetry - 1,273 words
    16Th Century Poetry Part I: 1. Name three of the Germanic tribes that brought to England the dialects that make up the basis of the language we now call Old English. The Germanic tribes that brought the dialects were the Angles, the Saxons, and the Jutes. 2. Give an example from Beowulf of three of the following poetic devices: alliteration, the kenning, variation (repetition of appositives), or the litote (understatement). There are several examples of alliteration in lines 3079-3084, "Nothing we advised could ever convince the prince we loved, our land's guardian, not to vex the custodian of the gold, let him lie where he was long accustomed, lurk there under earth until the end of the wor ...
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  • A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthurs Court By Mark Twain 1835 1910 - 1,787 words
    A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) Type of Work: Social satire Setting England; 6th-century, during the reign Of King Arthur Principal Characters Hank Morgan, the Connecticut Yankee "Boss"; in reality a 19th-century mechanic King Arthur, King of England Merlin, Arthur's court magician Sandy, Hank's sixth-century wife Story Overveiw Hank Morgan, born in Hartford, Connecticut, was head superintendent at a vast arms factory. There he had the means to create anything - guns, revolvers, cannons, boilers, engines, and all sorts of labor-saving machinery. If there wasn't already a quick, new ...
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  • A Study Of Stonehenge - 1,515 words
    A Study Of Stonehenge A Study of Stonehenge I. Introduction Significance of the study Statement of the problem II. Stonehenge Facts A. Location B. Materials Used and Structure C. Stonehenge Today III. The History of the Stonehenge A. Myths and Legends B. Mysteries C. Wonder of the World? IV. Conclusion I. Introduction No place has generated so much speculation and wild theories as the standing stones of Stonehenge. After traveling for miles through the rolling hills and plains of the English countryside the sight of this unusual structure made me gasp. A walk around it only provoked more strange feelings. There's a sense that this is something very important. For over 5000 years it has stood ...
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  • Adventures - 1,781 words
    Adventures Of Huck Finn Critics Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Twain told the truth in great novels and memoirs and short stories and essays, and he became a writer of international renown still translated into 72 languages. He became, through the written and spoken word, America's greatest ambassador and its most perpetually quoted. Samuel L. Clemens was born in 1835 in a town called Florida, Mo., and before he became a famous writer under the pen name Mark Twain, he worked on a riverboat, as a prospector for gold, as a reporter, and at other enterprises( Twain 12). He was not a young man of excellent reputation - a conclusion reached by Jervis Langdon, an Elmira businessman who had been as ...
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  • An Author And His Work: A Kid In King Arthurs Court - 1,145 words
    An Author And His Work: A Kid In King Arthur's Court An Author and His Work :A Kid in King Arther's Court May 26, 1999 Research Term Paper An Author and His Work Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens to John Marshal Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens. He was born on November 30, 1835 in a small city called Florida, Missouri, which had a population of one hundred people. I increased the population by one percent, he said. It is more than many of the best men in history could have done for a town (Cox, 7) Samuel, however did not live most of his life in Florida, but moved around throughout his life. His family moved to Hannibal, MO when he was four years old and that was where he went to ...
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  • An Author And His Work: A Kid In King Arthurs Court - 1,156 words
    ... nd examined repeatedly. His works are so deep that just one look at a novel won't let you in on Twain's reason for writing it. Howells said at Twain's funeral, Clemens was sole, incomparable, the Lincoln of our literature. (Cox, 220) The events in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court take place in the sixth century during the time of King Arthur. There are knights and ogres, there are princes and princesses, and there are evil magicians and immoral superstitions. In the sixth century, there were no newspapers, no phones, no hygiene, no cameras, and most importantly, no common sense. However, this all changes when a Connecticut Yankee, Hank Morgan, is hit in the head by a crowbar ...
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