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Arthur Leading the Charge at Mount Badon

Arthur Leading the Charge at Mount Badon



Rhead, George Wooliscroft & Louis. "Arthur Leading the Charge at Mount Badon" from Tennyson, Alfred. Idylls of the King: Vivien, Elaine, Enid, Guinevere. New York: R. H. Russell, 1898.
This picture illustrates the lines from Tennyson's "Lancelot and Elaine" idyll:
. . . and on the mount
Of Badon I myself beheld the King

Charge at the head of all his Table Round . . . .

King Arthur, a legendary British king who appears in a cycle of medieval romances (known as the Matter of Britain) as the sovereign of a knightly fellowship of the Round Table. It is not certain how these legends originated or whether the figure of Arthur was based on a historical person. The legend possibly originated either in Wales or in those parts of northern Britain inhabited by Brythonic-speaking Celts.





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