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Arthur Legendary King of the Britons and the major figure in Arthurian Legend He defeated foreigners from Britain brought peace to the country and established a kingdom based on justice law and morality He held court at his castle at Camelot and instituted an order known as the knights of the Round Table Eventually his realm crumbled and his illegitimate son Mordred grievously wounded him in battle Many versions of Arthurian legend say that Arthur will someday return when he is again needed by Britain Arthur was the son of King Uther Pendragon and the lady Ygraine After Arthur is born the magician Merlin gives him to a man named Hector to be raised with Hectors son Kay Arthur grows up as a commoner but then he alone succeeds at a test devised to choose Uthers successor Arthur draws a sword from a stone other versions of the story that have been passed down have used an anvil Because of his humble origins Arthur must overcome strong opposition from the British nobles to his royal right but eventually he is crowned King To help him in leading Britain he receives the great sword Excalibur offered by a hand that rises mysteriously from a lake To defeat Britains enemies Arthur undertakes a series of wars and invasions After Arthur completes these Britain has a long period of peace Arthur sets up the Round Table as a meeting place for his knights The shape of the table lets all who sit around it know they are all equal in status Arthur meets and marries the lady Guinevere but she and Lancelot one of Arthurs knights eventually fall in love and their relationship splits Camelot The ruin of the kingdom is accelerated by the quest for the Holy Grail the sacred cup used by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper However worthy the quest might be it takes Arthurs best knights away from court and
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