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This story follows the life of Mordred painting a very different picture of him than what is commonly seen Secretly born of an incestuous union between an unknowing Arthur and Morgause his murderous and manipulative half-sister Mordred was unaware of his true parentage until his teens Known to the public including his brothers Gawain Agravain Gaheris and Gareth as King Lots bastard son he was brought up in Morgauses house and trained like any boy of noble birth would be As a young man Mordred was taken along with the rest of his family to Camelot where he became favored by the King and Guenevere Despite Merlins prophesies that Mordred would be bane to the king Arthur had come to grips with a much repeated theme throughout this work what will be will be and it is for the gods to decide If Mordred would be Arthurs bane it could not be stopped by the interventions of men Mordred and the King became extremely close and this overshadows almost every other relationship between Arthur and his knights This work gives scant attention to Arthurs friendship with Gawain whose characteristic temper causes more trouble than his loyalty resolves Lancelot does not even exist Instead it is Bedwyr who takes that role including his being accused of infidelity with the Queen and causing the death of Mordred and Gawains brothers Mordred remains loyal to Arthur throughout this novel He is misinformed that the King has died in the war with Lucius and he therefore follows through on a prearranged agreement with Arthur that he take the throne and the role of Gueneveres protector When he finds out that the king lives it is simply a freak accident and misunderstanding that pits Mordred against his father Or perhaps not It comes through very clearly that Mordreds loyalty or treachery were of little consequence His destiny was to be the Kings bane and though he could act any way
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