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The Woman in Arthurian Legend Sir Thomas Malory spent his twilight years weaving tangled webs of adventure love lust and deceit These stories hold their origins in the kingdom of Camelot where the masculine figure of the Knight of the Round Table dominates At the helm of this fraternity was King Arthur as vassal of God Galahad Gaheris Gareth Lancelot and Sir Bors are only a sampling of the great men that graced the seats around the great table However it would be careless to disregard the female characters within Arthurian Legend Malory uses women in his tales to illustrate personal views and the views that may have been held during the ancient times when Camelot stood proudly as a staple in the English countryside A plethora or women tend to crop up in stories such as The Knight of the Cart The Poisoned Apple and The Fair Maid of Astolat Two in particular Lady Guinevere and Elaine prove to be particularly intriguing With their part in their respective stories comes a new view on the feminine role in Arthurian Society Guinevere is a symbol of temptation and power Elaine brings with her the stereotype of young nave girl seeking love First the character of Guinevere is as complex as they come She offers the unique personality of the strong woman while at the same time catering to Arthur as another one of his servants Her strength comes to the reader in an unconventional way and is becomes apparent through her affair with Lancelot This point may be argued but it is plausible to claim that Lady Guinevere was responsible for her relationship with Lancelot as she sought to be his lover Granted Lancelot was involved and thus responsibility lies within him as well however Guinevere saw what she wanted obtained it and had her way with her husbands most prized knight Although we find that Guinevere regrets her torrid love affair with
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