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King Arthurís Round Table

At Winchester

 

King Arthurís Round Table at the

Great Hall in Winchester Castle

 

 

Impressive, looks the part, a ďmust seeĒ if you visit Winchester and has been used in support of Winchesterís claim to have been Camelot. Unfortunately it probably date back only to the twelfth or thirteenth century and may have been made for a pageant. It was repainted during the reign of Henry VIII who claimed descent from King Arthur.

 

The names of the 24 knights are written around the edge of the 18 foot diameter table, weighing 2649lbs, surmounted by King Arthur on his throne.

The inscription is in Middle English and not an old Celtic language

 

The first written accounts of the Arthurian story appeared in 1130 in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'History of the Kings of Britain', which maintains that Merlin had the 15-year-old Arthur crowned at nearby Silchester but there is no mention of any round table.

 

The first mention of the Round Table comes a few years later in Robert Wace's Roman de Brut (1155), which says that Arthur seated his knights at a round table so that all should be equal.

 

In Thomas Malory's Morte D'Arthur, the table is a wedding gift to Arthur from Guinevere's father, Leodegrance.

 

The inscription round the centre of the Table and the names of the knights round the margin appear as follow:

 

This is the rownde table of kyng Arthur w(ith) xxiiii of his namyde knyattes.

 

1. Sir galahallt - Sir Galahad

2. Sir launcelot deulake - Sir Lancelot

3. Sir gauen - Sir Gawaine

4. Sir p(er)cyvale - Sir Percival

5. Sir Iyonell - Sir Lionel

6. Sir trystram delyens - Sir Tristan

7. Sir garethe - Sir Gareth

8. Sir bedwere - Sir Bedivere

9. Sir blubrys - Sir Blioberis

10. Sir lacotemale tayle Sir La cotemal tail

11. Sir lucane - Sir Lucan

12. Sir plomyd - Sir Palamedes

13. Sir lamorak - Sir Lamorak

14. Sir born de ganys - Sir Bors

15. Sir safer - Sir Saphar

16. Sir pelleus - Sir Pellinore

17. Sir kay - Sir Kay

18. Sir Ectorde marys - Sir Ector

19. Sir dagonet - Sir Dagonet

20. Sir degore - Sir Degore

21. Sir brumear - Sir Brunar

22. Sir lybyus dyscovy(us) - Sir Guinglain

23. Sir Alynore - Sir Alymore

24. Sir mordrede - Sir Modred

 

Another possible candidate for the Round Table is the Roman Ampitheatre at Caerleon in Gwent, South Wales. This is not actually a table but rather a circular meeting place. It certainly existed during the late fifth century.

 

 

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