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A Kingdom Built on Beliefs The kingdom of Camelot was a realm that was held together by the beliefs of its sovereign and subjects The monarch of Camelot Arthur instilled these values on his subjects From the time he was a child Arthur was able to view the world differently than anyone else because of his relationship with Merlyn With Merlyns help Arthur was capable of changing into animals we could only dream of becoming With each animal he turned into he was able to gain a better understanding of humanity valor and eminence The ideas that Arthur conveys most throughout The Once And Future King by TH White are the great chain of being chivalry and courtly love The great chain of being was an idea during the middle ages that listed a hierarchy of living and non living things Aristotle established this ranking which includes God angels king church lower nobles merchants yeomen soldiers servants beggars actors thieves animals and inanimate objects Wart becomes aware of this idea when when he thinks to himself by being a second-rate squire and holding Kays extra spears for him while he hoves by some well or other and jousts with all comers In this quote Wart is realizing that he is beneath Kay in social standing and that he will now be spending less time with him because of it The Once And Future King plays with the idea of the great chain of being when Wart unexpectedly becomes king At the time period in which this book takes place many things are uncertain to many people but one thing is clear to everybody and that is ones place in the universe and for a person of
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