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TheProjectGutenbergeBook,TheStoryoftheChampionsoftheRoundTable, WrittenandIllustratedbyHowardPyle ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.net Title:TheStoryoftheChampionsoftheRoundTable Author:HowardPyle ReleaseDate:January18,2004[eBook#10745] Language:English Charactersetencoding:US-ASCII ***STARTOFTHEPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHESTORYOFTHE CHAMPIONSOFTHEROUNDTABLE*** E-textpreparedbySuzanneShell,BenCourtney, andProjectGutenbergDistributedProofreaders TheStoryof the Champions ofthe RoundTable WrittenandIllustrated by HOWARDPYLE Foreward TableofContents ListofIllustrations In1902thedistinguishedAmericanartistHowardPyleundertooktoretellandillustrate thelegendofKingArthurandtheKnightsoftheRoundTable Hisfour-volumeworkhas longbeenconsideredoneoftheoutstandinginterpretationsoftheArthurcycle TheStoryoftheChampionsoftheRoundTable,thesecondofPyle'svolumes,was originallypublishedin1905 Reissuednow,identicalinformattotheoriginalvolume, withPyle'ssuperbillustrationsanddecorations,itisdestinedtoreachnewgenerationsof readers TheStoryoftheChampionsoftheRoundTablerecountsthefullandmovingsaga ofthreeofArthur'sfamousknights:Percival,Tristram,andLauncelotoftheLake "TheperiodinwhichHowardPyledidhisworkfrequentlyhasbeenspokenofasthat GoldenAgeinchildren'sliteraturethatwastolastforthedecadetofollow Itis difficulttodojusticetohiscontributiontotheshiningqualityofthatera The magnitudeanddiversityofhisworkeludesdefinition Creativeartistandborn storyteller,eachaspectofhistwofoldgeniusenrichedandinterpretedtheother." ElizabethNesbitt,inACriticalHistoryofChildren'sLiterature TheStory ofthe Champions ofthe Round Table Foreword Inabookwhichwaswrittenbymeaforetime,andwhichwassetforthinprint,Ithereintoldmuchofthe historyofKingArthur;ofhowhemanifestedhisroyaltyintheachievementofthatwonderfulmagicsword whichhedrewforthoutoftheanvil;ofhowheestablishedhisroyalty;ofhowhefoundasplendidsword ycleptExcaliburinamiraculouslywonderfulmanner;ofhowhewonthemostbeautifulladyintheworld forhisqueen;andofhowheestablishedthefamousRoundTableofnobleworthyknights,thelikeofwhose prowesstheworldhathneverseen,andwillnotbelikelyevertobeholdagain AlsoItoldinthatbooktheadventuresofcertainworthyknightsandlikewisehowthemagicianMerlinwas betrayedtohisundoingbyasorceresshightVivien Now,ifyoutookanyjoyinreadingthatbook,Ihavegreathopethatthatwhichfollowsmaybeeverywhit aspleasingtoyou;forIshallhereinafterhavetodowiththeadventuresofcertainotherworthieswith whomyoumayhavealreadybecomeacquaintedthroughmybookandotherwise;andlikewiseofthe adventuresofcertainotherworthies,ofwhomyouhavenotyetbeentoldbyme Moreespecially,Ibelieve,youwillfindentertainmentinwhatIshallhavetotellyouoftheadventuresof thatgreatknightwhowasaltogetherthemostnobleofspirit,andthemostbeautiful,andthebravestof heart,ofanyknightwhoeverlived exceptingonlyhisownson,Galahad,whowasthecrowninggloryof hishouseandofhisnameandofthereignofKingArthur However,ifSirLauncelotoftheLakefailednowandtheninhisbehavior,whoisthereintheworldshall say,"Ineverfellintoerror"?Andifhemorethanonceoffended,whoisthereshallhavehardihoodtosay, "Inevercommittedoffence"? Yea,thatwhichmakethLauncelotsosingularlydeartoalltheworld,isthathewasnotdifferentfromother men,butlikeothermen,bothinhisvirtuesandhisshortcomings;onlythathewasmorestrongandmore braveandmoreuntiringthanthoseofuswhoarehisbrethren,bothinourendeavorsandinourfailures TailPiece Foreward TableofContents THESTORYOFSIRLAUNCELOT ChapterFirst HowSirLauncelotCameForthFromthe EnchantedCastleoftheLakeandEnteredIntothe WorldAgain,andHowKingArthurMadeHim Knight ChapterSecond HowSirLauncelotandSirLionelRodeForthErrant TogetherandHowSirLionelMetSirTurquinetoHis GreatDole AlsoHowSirEctorGrievedforthe DepartureofHisBrotherLauncelotandSo,Following Him,FellintoaVerySorryAdventure ChapterThird ChapterFourth HowSirLauncelotwasFoundinaSleepbyQueen HowSirLauncelotSoughtSirLionelandHowa MorganaleFayandThreeOtherQueenswho YoungDamselBroughtHimtotheGreatestBattlethat werewithHer,andHowHewasTakentoaCastle EverHeHadinAllHisLife ofQueenMorgana'sandofWhatBefellHimThere ChapterSixth ChapterFifth HowSirLauncelotTookPartintheTournament HowSirLauncelotWentUponanAdventurewith BetweenKingBagdemagusandtheKingofNorth theDamselCroisetteasCompanion,andHowHe Wales,andHowHeWonthatBattleforKing OvercameSirPerisoftheForestSauvage Bagdemagus ChapterSeventh HowSirLauncelotFellIntotheGreatestPerilthat ChapterEighth EverHeEncounteredinallHisLife AlsoHowHe HowSirLauncelotRescuedSirKayFromaPerilous FreedaMisfortunateCastleandTownFromthe PassAlsoHowHeChangedArmorwithSirKayand GiantsWhoHeldThem,andHowHeReleasedthe whatBefell LordThereofFromaDungeon THEBOOKOFSIRTRISTRAM PartI TheStoryofSirTristramandtheLadyBelleIsoult ChapterFirst ChapterSecond HowthenewQueenofLyonessesought HowSirTristramwasmadeKnightbytheKingof Tristram'slife;howhewenttoFrance,and Cornwall,andhowheFoughtaBattlewithaFamous howheReturnedagaintoLyonesseandwas Champion ReceivedWithLoveatthatPlace ChapterThird HowSirTristramwenttoIrelandtobehealed ChapterFourth ofhisWoundbytheKing'sDaughterof HowSirTristramencounteredSirPalamydesatthe Ireland,andofhowhecametolovetheLady Tournamentandofwhatbefell AlsohowSirTristramwas BelleIsoult AlsoconcerningSirPalamydes ForcedtoleavetheKingdomofIreland andtheLadyBelleIsoult ChapterFifth ChapterSixth HowSirTristramwassentbyCommandof HowSirTristramhadtodoinBattlewithThreeKnights KingMarktogotoIrelandtoBringtheLady oftheRoundTable AlsohowhehadSpeechwithKing theBelleIsoultfromIrelandtoCornwalland Arthur howitfaredwithhim ChapterSeventh HowSirTristramhadSpeechwithKingAngusofIreland;howheUndertooktoChampiontheCauseof KingAngusandofwhatHappenedThereafter PartII TheStoryofSirTristramandSirLamorack ChapterFirst ChapterSecond HowSirLamorackofGalescametoTintagel HowSirTristramStartedtogotoCamelot,andhowhe andhowheandSirTristramSwareFriendship StayedbytheWaytodoBattlewithSirNabonleNoir TogetherintheForest ChapterThird HowSirTristramdidjusticeintheisland,andTherebyReleasedSirLamorackfromCaptivity Alsohow SirTristramandSirLamorackRenewedtheirGreatTendernessTowardoneanother PartIII TheMadnessOfSirTristram ChapterFirst HowSirTristramwasDiscoveredwiththe LadyBelleIsoult;howheAssaultedKing Mark,andhowheEscapedfromTintagelinto theForest ChapterThird HowSirTristramwasDiscoveredatTintagel andofwhatBefellThereby ChapterSecond HowSirTristramgothimaSwordfromSirKay,andhow heSlewTherewithaHugeKnightintheForestand RescuedaLadyinveryGreatDistress AlsohowSir LauncelotfoundSirTristramintheForestandBrought himThencetoTintagelagain ChapterFourth HowSirTristramandtheLadyBelleIsoultReturnedto Cornwall,andhowtheyEndedtheirDaysTogether THEBOOKOFSIRPERCIVAL ChapterFirst HowPercivalDepartedintotheWorldand howheFoundaFairDamselinaPavilion; likewisehowhecamebeforeQueenGuinevere andhowheUndertookhisFirstAdventure ChapterThird HowSirPercivalmettwoStrangePeoplein theForest,andhowheSuccoredaKnightwho wasinveryGreatSorrowandDole ChapterSecond HowSirPercivalwasmadeKnightbyKingArthur;how herodeForthwithSirLamorackandhowheLeftSir LamorackinquestofAdventureuponhisownAccount; likewisehowaGreatKnightTaughthimcraftinArms ChapterFourth HowSirPercivalUndertooktheAdventureoftheCastleof BeaurepaireandhowheFaredThereinafterSeveral ExcellentAdventures ChapterFifth HowSirPercivalRepaidSirKaytheBuffetheonetimegaveYelandetheDumbMaiden,andhow, Thereafter,hewentForthtoSeekhisownLadyofLove CONCLUSION TailPiece TableofContents ListofIllustrations HeadPiece Foreward TailPiece Foreward HeadPiece TheStoryofSirTristramandtheLady BelleIsoult TristramsuccorstheLadyMoeya KingMarkofCornwall TheQueenofIrelandseekstoslaySirTristram SirTristramharpethbeforeKingMark SirTristramsitswithSirLauncelot BelleIsoultandSirTristramdrinkthelovedraught TailPiece TheStoryofSirTristramandtheLadyBelle Isoult HeadPiece TableofContents TailPiece TableofContents HeadPiece ListofIllustrations TailPiece ListofIllustrations HeadPiece Prologue TheLadyNymuebearethawayLauncelotinto theLake TailPiece Prologue SirLauncelotoftheLake HeadPiece TheStoryofLauncelot SirLauncelotgreetsQueenGuinevere SirLionelofBritain QueenMorganaappearsuntoSirLauncelot SirLauncelotdoethbattlewithSirTurquine SirLauncelotsitswithSirHilaireandCroisette SirLauncelotandElouisetheFair SirLauncelotclimbstocatchthelady'sfalcon SirLauncelottakesthearmorofSirKay TailPiece TheStoryofLauncelot SirTristramofLyonesse HeadPiece Prologue TailPiece Prologue TheLadyBelleIsoult SirLamorackofGales HeadPiece TheStoryofSirTristramandSirLamorack SirTristramcomethtoyecastleofSirNabon SirLamorackherdstheswineofSirNabon TailPiece TheStoryofSirTristramandSirLamorack HeadPiece TheMadnessofSirTristram SirTristramassaultsKingMark SirKayandtheForestMadman SirTristramleapsintoyeSea KingMarkbroodsmischief TailPiece TheMadnessofSirTristram SirPercivalofGales HeadPiece Prologue TheLadyYvettetheFair SirPercivalandSirLamorackridetogether SirPercivalovercomethyeEnchantressVivien TheDemoiselleBlanchefleur SirKayinterruptsyemeditationsofSirPercival TailPiece TheBookofSirPercival TailPiece ListofIllustrations Prologue Ithathalreadybeensetforthinprintinavolumewrittenbymeconcerningthe adventuresofKingArthurwhenhefirstbecameking,howtherewerecertain lesserkingswhofavoredhimandwerefriendlyallieswithhim,andhowthere werecertainothersofthesamesortwhowerehisenemies AmongthosewhowerehisfriendswasKingBanofBenwick,whowasan exceedinglynoblelordofhighestateandgreathonor,andwhowasofalineage soexaltedthatitisnotlikelythattherewasanyoneintheworldwhowasofa higherstrain OfKingBanandhismisfortunes Now,uponacertaintime,KingBanofBenwickfellintogreattrouble;forthere cameagainsthimaverypowerfulenemy,towit,KingClaudasofScotland KingClaudasbroughtuntoBenwickahugearmyofknightsandlords,andthese satdownbeforetheCastleofTriblewithintenttotakethatstrongfortressand destroyit ThisnobleCastleofTriblewasthechiefestandthestrongestplaceofdefencein allKingBan'sdominions,whereforehehadintrenchedhimselftherewithallof hisknightsandwithhisQueen,hightHelen,andhisyoungestson,hight Launcelot Nowthischild,Launcelot,wasdearertoQueenHelenthanalltheworldbesides, forhewasnotonlylargeoflimbbutsoextraordinarilybeautifuloffacethatIdo notbelieveanangelfromParadisecouldhavebeenmorebeautifulthanhe He hadbeenbornwithasingularbirth-markuponhisshoulder,whichbirth-mark hadtheappearanceasofagoldenstarenstampedupontheskin;wherefore, becauseofthis,theQueenwouldsay:"Launcelot,byreasonofthatstaruponthy shoulderIbelievethatthoushaltbethestarofourhouseandthatthoushalt shinewithsuchremarkableglorythatalltheworldshallbeholdthylustreand shallmarvelthereatforalltimetocome."SotheQueentookextraordinary delightinLauncelotandlovedhimtotheverycoreofherheart albeitsheknew not,atthetimeshespake,howthatprophecyofhersconcerningthestarwasto fallsoperfectlytrue Now,thoughKingBanthoughthimselfverywelldefendedathisCastleof Trible,yetKingClaudasbroughtsoterriblybiganarmyagainstthatplacethatit coveredtheentireplain Agreatmanybattleswerefoughtunderthewallsofthe castle,buteverKingClaudaswaxedgreaterandstronger,andKingBan'sparty grewweakerandmorefearful KingBanbethinkshimofKingArthur SobyandbythingscametosuchapassthatKingBanbethoughthimofKing Arthur,andhesaidtohimself:"IwillgotomylordtheKingandbeseechhelp andaidfromhim,forhewillcertainlygiveitme NorwillItrustanymessenger inthisaffairotherthanmyself;forImyselfwillgotoKingArthurandwill speaktohimwithmyownlips." Havingthusbethoughthim,hesentforQueenHelentocomeintohisprivy closetandhesaidtoher:"Mydearlove,nothingremainethformebuttogounto thecourtofKingArthurandbeseechhimtolendhispowerfulaidinthis extremityofourmisfortunes;norwillItrustanymessengerinthisaffairbut myself Now,thiscastleisnoplaceforthee,whenIamaway,therefore,whenI gouponthisbusiness,IwilltaketheeandLauncelotwithme,andIwillleave youbothinsafetyatKingArthur'scourtwithourotherson,SirEctor,untilthis warbeendedanddone."AndtotheseQueenHelenlentherassent SoKingBansummonedtohimtheseneschalofthecastle,whowasnamedSir MalydorleBrun,andsaidtohim:"Messire,Igohenceto-nightbyasecretpass, withintenttobetakemeuntoKingArthur,andtobeseechhisaidinthis extremity Moreover,Ishalltakewithmemyladyandtheyoungchild Launcelot,toplacethemwithinthecareofKingArthurduringthesedolorous wars Butbesidesthese,Iwilltakenootheronewithmebutonlymyfavorite esquire,Foliot NowIchargethee,sir,toholdthiscastleinmybehalfwithall thymightandmain,andyielditnottoourenemiesuponanyextremity;forI believeIshallinalittlewhilereturnwithsufficientaidfromKingArthurto compassthereliefofthisplace." KingBanwithQueenHelenandLauncelotescapefromTrible Sowhennighthadfallenverydarkandstill,KingBan,andQueenHelen,and theyoungchildLauncelot,andtheesquireFoliotleftthetownprivilybymeans ofaposterngate Thencetheywentbyasecretpath,knownonlytoaveryfew, thatleddownasteepdeclivityofrocks,withwallsofrockuponeithersidethat wereveryhighindeed,andsotheycameoutinsafetybeyondthearmyofKing Claudasandintotheforestofthevalleybelow Andtheforestlayverystilland solemnanddarkinthesilenceofthenighttime Havingthuscomeoutinsafetyintotheforest,thatsmallpartyjourneyedon withallceleritythattheywereabletoachieveuntil,somelittletimebefore dawn,theycametowherewasalakeofwaterinanopenmeadowoftheforest Heretheyrestedforalittlewhile,forQueenHelenhadfallenverywearywith theroughandhastyjourneywhichtheyhadtraveled Foliotseethalight Nowwhilsttheysatthereresting,Foliotspakeofasudden,sayinguntoKing Ban:"Lord,whatisthatlightthatmakeththeskysobrightyonder-ways?"Then KingBanlookedalittleandpresentlysaid:"Methinksitmustbethedawnthat isbreaking.""Lord,"quothFoliot,"thatcannotverywellbe;forthatlightinthe skyliethinthesouth,whencewehavecome,andnotintheeast,wherethesun shouldarise." ThenKingBan'sheartmisgavehim,andhissoulwasshakenwithagreat trouble "Foliot,"hesaid,"Ibelievethatyouspeaksoothandthatthatlight bodesveryillforusall."Thenhesaid:"StayhereforalittleandIwillgoand discoverwhatthatlightmaybe."Therewithhemountedhishorseandrodeaway inthedarkness KingBanbeholdeththeburningofTrible Nowtherewasaveryhighhillnear-bywheretheywere,anduponthetopofthe hillwasanopenplatformofrockwhenceamancouldseeagreatwayoffin everydirection SoKingBanwenttothisplace,and,whenhehadcomethere, hecasthiseyesinthedirectionofthelightandhestraightwaybeheldwitha mannerofterrorthatthelightcamefromTrible;andthen,withthatterrorstill growinggreaterathisheart,hebeheldthatthetownandthecastlewereallin onegreatflameoffire WhenKingBansawthishesatforawhileuponhishorselikeoneturnedintoa stone Then,afterawhile,hecriedoutinagreatvoice:"Woe!Woe!Woeisme!" Andthenhecriedoutstillinaveryloudvoice,"Certes,Godhathdesertedme entirely." ThedeathofKingBan Therewithagreatpassionofgrieftookholduponhimandshookhimliketoa leaf,andimmediatelyafterthathefeltthatsomethingbrakewithinhimwitha verysharpandbitterpain,andhewistthatitwashisheartthathadbroken So beingallalonethereuponthehilltop,andintheperfectstillnessofthenight,he criedout,"Myheart!Myheart!"Andtherewith,theshadowsofdeathcoming uponhim,hecouldnotsitanylongeruponhishorse,butfelldownuponthe ground Andheknewverywellthatdeathwasnighhim,so,havingnocrossto prayupon,hetooktwobladesofgrassandtwistedthemintothatholysign,and againstthewind,andfloateduponthewaterlikeswans,forhehadneverseen theirlikebefore Sohesathishorseuponahighrocknightotheseaandgazed hisfilluponthosethingsthatweresowonderfultohim ThenafterawhileSirPercivalwentforwardtothecastle Andashedrewnigh tothecastlehebecameawarethataveryreverendman,whosehairandbeard wereaswhiteassnow,satuponacushionofcrimsonvelvetuponarockthat overlookedthesea Twopages,richlycladinblackandsilver,stoodbehindhim; andtheoldmangazedoutacrossthesea,andSirPercivalsawthatheneither spakenormoved ButwhenSirPercivalcameneartohimtheoldmanaroseand wentintothecastle,andthetwopagestookupthetwocrimsonvelvetcushions andfollowedhim ButPercivalrodeuptothecastle,andhesawthatthegatewayofthecastle stoodopen,whereforeherodeintothecourtyardofthecastle Andwhenhehad comeintothecourtyard,twoattendantsimmediatelyappearedandtookhishorse andassistedhimtodismount;butneitheroftheseattendantssaidaughttohim, butbothwereassilentasdeaf-mutes SirPercivalfindsKingPecheur ThenPercivalenteredthehallandtherehesawtheoldmanwhomhehadbefore seen,andtheoldmansatinagreatcarvedchairbesideafireoflargelogsof wood AndSirPercivalsawthattheeyesoftheoldmanwereallredandthathis cheekswerechanneledwithweeping;andPercivalwasabashedatthesadnessof hisaspect Nevertheless,hecametowheretheoldmansatandsalutedhimwith greatreverence,andhesaid:"ArtthouKingPecheur?"Andtheoldman answered,"Aye,forIambothafisherandasinner"(forthatwordPecheur meanethbothfisherandsinner) ThenSirPercivalsaid:"Sire,Ibringtheegreetingsfromthyson,SirPercydes, whoisaverydearfriendtome AndlikewiseIbringtheegreetingfrommyself: forIamPercival,KingPellinore'sson,andthyQueenandmymotheraresisters AndlikewiseIcometoredeemapledge,for,behold,hereistheringofthy daughterYvette,untowhomIampledgedforhertrueknight Wherefore,having nowachievedanotdishonorablerenownintheworldofchivalry,Iamcometo beseechherkindnessandtoredeemmyringwhichshehathuponherfingerand togiveherbackherringagain." ThenKingPecheurfelltoweepingingreatmeasureandhesaid:"Percivalthy famehathreachedeventothisremoteplace,foreveryonetalkethoftheewith greatunction But,touchingmydaughterYvette,ifthouwiltcomewithmeI willbringtheetoher." SoKingPecheuraroseandwentforthandSirPercivalfollowedhim AndKing PecheurbroughtSirPercivaltoacertaintower;andhebroughthimupalong andwindingstair;andatthetopofthestairwaywasadoor AndKingPecheur openedthedoorandSirPercivalenteredtheapartment SirPercivalfindeththeLadyYvette Thewindowsoftheapartmentstoodopen,andacoldwindcameinthereatfrom offthesea;andtherestoodacouchinthemiddleoftheroom,anditwasspread withblackvelvet;andtheLadyYvettelayreclineduponthecouch,and,lo!her facewasliketowaxforwhiteness,andsheneithermovednorspake,butonly laythereperfectlystill;forshewasdead Sevenwaxencandlesburnedatherhead,andsevenothersatherfeet,andthe flamesofthecandlesspreadandwaveredasthecoldwindblewuponthem And thehairofherhead(asblackasthoseravenfeathersthatSirPercivalhadbeheld lyinguponthesnow)movedlikethreadsofblacksilkasthewindblewin throughthewindow buttheLadyYvettemovednotnorstirred,butlaylikea statueofmarbleallcladinwhite ThenatthefirstSirPercivalstoodverystillatthedoor-wayasthoughhehadof asuddenbeenturnedintostone Thenhewentforwardandstoodbesidethe couchandheldhishandsverytightlytogetherandgazedattheLadyYvette whereshelay Sohestoodforalongwhile,andhewistnotwhyitwasthathe feltlikeasthoughhehadbeenturnedintoastone,withoutsuchgriefathisheart ashehadthoughttofeelthereat (Forindeed,hisspiritwasaltogetherbroken thoughheknewitnot.) OfthegriefofSirPercival Thenhespakeuntothatstillfigure,andhesaid:"Dearlady,isitthusIfindthee afterallthislongendeavorofmine?YetfromParadise,haply,thoumayst perceiveallthatIhaveaccomplishedinthybehalf Soshaltthoubemylady alwaystotheendofmylifeandIwillhavenoneotherthanthee WhereforeI herewithgivetheethyringagainandtakemineowninitsstead."Therewith,so speaking,heliftedthathand(allsocoldlikethesnow)andtookhisringfromoff herfingerandputherringbackuponitagain ThenKingPecheursaid,"Percival,hastthounotears?" AndPercivalsaid,"Nay,Ihavenone."Therewithheturnedandleftthatplace, andKingPecheurwentwithhim AfterthatSirPercivalabidedinthatplaceforthreedays,andKingPecheurand hisladyQueenandtheirtwoyoungsonswhodweltatthatplacemadegreatpity overhim,andweptagreatdeal ButSirPercivalsaidbutlittleinreplyandwept notatall * * * * * AndnowIshalltellyouofthatwonderfulvisionthatcameuntoSirPercivalat thisplaceuponChristmasday SirPercivalbeholdsthegrail Foronthethirdday(whichwasChristmasday)itchancedthatSirPercivalsat aloneinthehallofthecastle,andhemeditateduponthegreatsorrowthatlay uponhim Andashesatthusthisverywonderfulthingbefellhim:Hesuddenly beheldtwoyouthsenterthathall Andthefacesofthetwoyouthsshonewith exceedingbrightness,andtheirhairshonelikegold,andtheirraimentwasvery brightandglisteringliketogold Oneoftheseyouthsbareinhishandaspearof mightysize,andblooddroppedfromthepointofthespear;andtheotheryouth bareinhishandachaliceofpuregold,verywonderfultobehold,andheheldthe chaliceinanapkinoffinecambriclinen Then,atfirst,SirPercivalthoughtthatthatwhichhebeheldwasavision conjuredupbythedeepsorrowthatfilledhisheart,andhewasafeard Butthe youthwhobarethechalicespakeinavoiceextraordinarilyhighandclear And hesaid:"Percival!Percival!benotafraid!Thiswhichthouherebeholdestisthe Sangreal,andthatistheSpearofSorrow Whatthenmaythysorrowbeinthe presenceoftheseholythingsthatbroughtwiththemsuchgreatsorrowand afflictionofsoulthattheyhavebecomeentirelysanctifiedthereby!Thus, Percival,shouldthysorrowsosanctifythylifeandnotmakeitbittertothytaste Forsodidthisbittercupbecomesanctifiedbythegreatsorrowthattastedofit." Percivalsaid:"ArethesethingsrealoraretheyavisionthatIbehold?" Hewhobarethechalicesaid,"Theyarereal."Andhewhobarethespearsaid, "Theyarereal." ThenagreatpeaceandcomfortcametoSirPercival'sheartandtheyneverleft himtothedayofhisdeath ThentheywhobaretheSangrealandtheSpearwentoutofthehall,andSir Percivalkneeledthereforawhileaftertheyhadgoneandprayedwithgreat devotionandwithmuchcomfortandsatisfaction AndthiswasthefirsttimethatanyofthoseknightsthatwereofKingArthur's RoundTableeverbeheldthatholychalice,thewhichSirPercivalwasoneof threetoachieveinafter-years SowhenSirPercivalcameforthfromthathall,allthosewhobeheldhimwere astonishedatthegreatpeaceandcalmnessthatappearedtoemanatefromhim Buthetoldnooneofthatmiraculousvisionwhichhehadjustbeheld,and, thoughitappearethinthehistoryofthesethings,yetitwasnotthenmade manifest ThenSirPercivalsaidtoKingPecheur,hisuncleandtohisauntandtotheir sons:"Now,dearfriends,thetimehathcomewhenImustleaveyou ForImust nowpresentlygotothecourtofKingArthurinobediencetohiscommandsand toacknowledgemyselfuntomybrother,SirLamorack." SirPercivaldepartsforcourt SothatdaySirPercivalsetforthwithintenttogotoCamelot,whereKing Arthurwasthenholdingcourtingreatestateofpomp AndSirPercivalreached Camelotuponthefourthdayfromthattimeandthatwasduringthefeastsof Christmas-tide NowKingArthursatatthosefeastsandthereweresixscoreofverynoble companyseatedwithhim AndtheKing'sheartwasgreatlyupliftedand expandedwithmirthandgoodcheer Then,whileallwerefeastingwithgreat concord,theresuddenlycameintothathallanherald-messenger;thewhom, whenKingArthurbeheldhim,heasked:"Whatmessagehastthoubrought?" Uponthisthemessengersaid:"Lord,therehathcomeoneaskingpermissionto enterherewhomyouwillbeverywellpleasedtosee."TheKingsaid,"Whois it?"Andtheherald-messengersaid,"HesaithhisnameisPercival." UponthisKingArthurarosefromwherehesatandalltheothersuprosewith himandtherewasagreatsoundofloudvoices;forthefameofSirPercivalhad waxedverygreatsincehehadbegunhisadventures SoKingArthurandthe otherswentdownthehallfortomeetSirPercival ThenthedooropenedandSirPercivalcameintothatplace,andhisfaceshone verybrightwithpeaceandgood-will;andhewasexceedinglycomely SirPercivalisreceivedwithjoy KingArthursaid,"ArtthouPercival?"AndPercivalsaid,"Iamhe."Thereupon KingArthurtookSirPercival'sheadintohishands,andhekissedhimuponthe brow AndSirPercivalkissedKingArthur'shandandhekissedtheringof royaltyupontheKing'sfinger,andsohebecameatrueknightinfealtyunto KingArthur ThenSirPercivalsaid:"Lord,haveIthyleavetospeak?"AndKingArthursaid, "Sayon."SirPercivalsaid,"WhereisSirLamorack?"AndKingArthursaid, "Yonderheis."ThenSirPercivalperceivedwhereSirLamorackstoodamong theothers,andhewenttoSirLamorackandkneltdownbeforehim;andSir Lamorackwasverymuchastonished,andsaid:"Whydostthoukneeltome, Percival?"ThenSirPercivalsaid,"Dostthouknowthisring?" ThenSirLamorackknewhisfather'sringandhecriedoutinaloudvoice:"That ismyfather'sring;howcameyebyit?" Percivalsaid:"Ourmothergaveittome,forIamthybrother." SirPercivaldeclareshimselftoSirLamorack UponthisSirLamorackcriedoutwithgreatpassion;andheflunghisarms aboutSirPercival,andhekissedhimrepeatedlyupontheface Andsoardent wasthegreatloveandthegreatpassionthatmovedhimthatallthosewhostood aboutcouldinnowisecontainthemselves,butweptatthatwhichtheybeheld Then,afterawhile,KingArthursaid:"Percival,comewithme,forIhave somewhattoshowthee." SirPercivalismadeKnightoftheRoundTable SoKingArthurandSirLamorackandSirPercivalandseveralotherswentunto thatpavilionwhichwasthepavilionoftheRoundTable,andthereKingArthur showedSirPercivalaseatwhichwasimmediatelyupontherighthandofthe SeatPerilous Anduponthebackofthatseattherewasanameemblazonedinlettersofgold; andthenamewasthis: PERCIVALOFGALES ThenKingArthursaid:"Behold,SirPercival,thisisthyseat,forfourdaysago thatnameappearedmostmiraculously,ofasudden,wherethouseestit; whereforethatseatisthine." ThenSirPercivalwasawarethatthatnamehadmanifesteditselfatthetime whentheSangrealhadappeareduntohiminthecastleofKingPecheur,andhe wasmovedwithagreatpassionofloveandlongingfortheLadyYvette;sothat, becauseofthestrengthofthatpassion,ittookuponitthesemblanceofaterrible joy Andhesaidtohimself:"Ifmyladycouldbuthavebeheldthese,howproud wouldshehavebeen!But,doubtless,shenowlookethdownfromParadiseand beholdethusandallthatwedo."Thereuponhelifteduphiseyesasthoughto beholdher,butshewasnotthere,butonlytheroofofthatpavilion Butheheldhispeaceandsaidnaughttoanyoneofthosethoughtsthatdisturbed him WiththisIconcludeforthepresenttheadventuresofSirPercivalwithonlythis tosay:thatthereafter,assoonasmightbe,heandSirLamorackwentupintothe mountainswheretheirmotherdweltandbroughtherdownthenceintothe world,andthatshewasreceivedatthecourtofKingArthurwithgreathonor andhighregarduntil,afterawhile,sheenteredintoanunneryandtooktheveil LikewiseitistobesaidthatSirPercivallived,ashehadvowedtodo,avirgin knightforallofhislife;forheneverpaidcourttoanyladyfromthattime,but everheldwithinthesanctuaryofhismindtheimageofthatdearladywho waitedforhiminParadiseuntilheshouldcomeuntoherinsuchseasonasGod shouldseefit Butyoumustnotthinkthatthisisallthatthereistotellofthatnoble,gentleand worthyyoungknightwhosehistorywehavebeenconsidering Forafterthishe performedmanygloriousservicestothegreathonorofhisknighthoodand achievedsomanynotableadventuresthattheworldspokeofhimasbeing secondinworshiponlytoSirLauncelotoftheLake Yea;thereweremanywho doubtedwhetherSirLauncelothimselfwasreallyagreaterknightthanSir Percival;andthoughImayadmitthatSirLauncelothadthegreaterprowess,yet SirPercivalwas,certes,themorepureinheartandtransparentofsoulofthose two So,hereafter,ifGodsowills,IshalltellmoreofSirPercival,forIshallhave muchtowriteconcerninghimwhenIhavetotelloftheachievementofthe SangrealwhichhebeheldinthatvisionattheCastleofKingPecheuras aforetold So,forthistime,nomoreoftheseadventures,butfareyouwell TailPiece TheBookofSirPercival ChapterHeader CONCLUSION Thusendeththeparticularhistoryofthosethreeworthy,noble,excellentknights-champion SirLauncelot oftheLake,SirTristramofLyonesse,andSirPercivalofGales AndIdohopethatyoumayhavefoundpleasureinconsideringtheirlivesandtheirworksasIhavedone ForasIwroteoftheirbehaviorandpondereduponit,meseemedtheyofferedaveryhighexamplethat anyonemightfollowtohisbettermentwholivesinthisworldwheresomuchthatisillneedstobeamended ButthoughIhavetoldsomuch,yet,asIhavejustsaid,thereremainmanyotherthingstotellconcerning SirLauncelotandSirPercival,whichmaywellaffordanyonepleasuretoread TheseIshallrecountin anothervolumeatanothertime,withsuchparticularityasthosehistoriesmaydemand TailPiece ***ENDOFTHEPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHESTORYOFTHE CHAMPIONSOFTHEROUNDTABLE*** *******Thisfileshouldbenamed10745-h.txtor10745-h.zip******* Thisandallassociatedfilesofvariousformatswillbefoundin: http://www.gutenberg.net/1/0/7/4/10745 Updatededitionswillreplacethepreviousone 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In1902 the distinguishedAmericanartistHowardPyleundertooktoretellandillustrate the legend of KingArthurand the Knights of the Round Table Hisfour-volumeworkhas longbeenconsideredone of the outstandinginterpretations of the Arthurcycle The Story of the Champions of the Round Table, the second of Pyle'svolumes,was... withPyle'ssuperbillustrationsanddecorations,itisdestinedtoreachnewgenerations of readers The Story of the Champions of the Round Table recounts the fullandmovingsaga of three of Arthur'sfamousknights:Percival,Tristram,andLauncelot of the Lake "The periodinwhichHowardPyledidhisworkfrequentlyhasbeenspoken of asthat
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