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The Story of

KING ARTHUR
and his Knights

Written and Illustrated
by
HOWARD PYLE

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
1915


Forward

AFTER several years of contemplation and of thought upon the matter herein contained, it has at last come about, by the Grace of God, that I have been able to write this work with such pleasure of spirit that, if it gives to you but a part of the joy that it hath afforded me, I shall be very well content with what I have done.

For when, in pursuing this history, I have come to consider the high nobility of spirit that moved these excellent men to act as they did, I have felt that they have afforded such a perfect example of courage and humility that anyone might do exceedingly well to follow after their manner of behavior in such measure as he is able to do.

For I believe that King Arthur was the most honorable, gentle Knight who ever lived in all the world. And those who were his fellows of the Round Table taking him as their looking-glass of chivalry made, altogether, such a company of noble knights that it is hardly to be supposed that their like will ever be seen again in this world Wherefore it is that I have had such extraordinary pleasure in beholding how those famous knights behaved whenever circumstances called upon them to perform their endeavor.

So in the year of grace one thousand nine hundred and two I began to write this history of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and, if I am able so to do, I shall endeavor, with love of that task, to finish the same at some other time in another book and to the satisfaction of whosoever may care to read the story thereof.





The Book of King Arthur

Prelude

PART I
THE WINNING OF KINGHOOD

Chapter First
How Sir Kay did Combat in a Great Tournament at London Town and of How He Brake His Sword. Likewise, How Arthur Found a New Sword For Him

Chapter Second
How Arthur Twice Performed the Miracle of the Sword Before Sir Ector and of How His Birthright Was Discovered Unto Him

Chapter Third
How Several Kings and High Dukes Assayed to Draw the Sword Out of the Anvil and How They Failed.
Likewise How Arthur Made the Assay and Succeeded Therein



PART II
THE WINNING OF A SWORD

Chapter First
How There Came a Certain Wounded Knight Unto the Court of King Arthur, How a Young Knight of the King's Court Sought To Avenge Him and Failed and How the King Thereupon Took That Assay Upon Himself

Chapter Second
How King Arthur Fought With the Sable Knight and How He Was Sorely Wounded. Likewise How Merlin Brought Him Safe Away From the Field of Battle

Chapter Third
How King Arthur Found a Noble Sword In a Very Wonderful Manner. And How He Again Fought With It and Won That Battle .


PART III
THE WINNING OF A QUEEN

Chapter First
How King Arthur Went to Tintagalon with Four of His Court, and How He Disguised Himself for a Certain Purpose

Chapter Second
How King Ryence Came to Cameliard and How King Arthur Fought With the Duke of North Umber

Chapter Third
How King Arthur Encountered Four Knights and of What Befell Thereby

Chapter Fourth
How the Four Knights Served the Lady Guinevere

Chapter Fifth
How King Arthur Overcame the Enemies of King Leodegrance, and How His Royalty Was Proclaimed

Chapter Sixth
How King Arthur Was Wedded in Royal State and How the Round Table Was Established


The Book of Three Worthies

PART I
THE STORY OF MERLIN

Chapter First
How Queen Morgana le Fay Meditated Evil Against King Arthur and How She Sent a Damsel to Beguile the Enchanter, Merlin

Chapter Second
How Merlin Journeyed With Vivien Unto the Valley of Joyousness and How He Builded for Her a Castle at That Place. Also, How He Taught Her the Wisdom of Magic and of How She Compassed His Downfall Thereby

Chapter Third
How Queen Morgana le Fay Returned to Camelot and to the Court With Intent to Do Ill to King Arthur. Also How King Arthur and Others Went a-Hunting and of What Befell Thereby

Chapter Fourth
What Befell Sir Accalon, and How King Arthur Fought an Affair-at-Arms With Swords, and How He Came Nigh to Losing His Life Thereby


PART II
THE STORY OF SIR PELLIAS

Chapter First
How Queen Guinevere Went a-Maying and of How Sir Pellias Took Upon Him a Quest in Her Behalf

Chapter Second
How Sir Pellias Overcame a Red Knight, Hight Sir Adresack, and of How He Liberated XXII Captives From That Knight's Castle

Chapter Third
How Sir Pellias Did Battle With Sir Engamore, Otherwise the Knight of the Green Sleeves, and of What Befell the Lady Ettard

Chapter Fourth
How Queen Guinevere Quarrelled With Sir Gawaine, and How Sir Gawaine Left the Court of King Arthur For a While

Chapter Fifth
How Sir Gawaine Met Sir Pellias and How He Promised to Aid Him With the Lady Ettard

Chapter Sixth
How the Lady of the Lake Took Back Her Necklace From Sir Pellias


PART III
THE STORY OF SIR GAWAINE

Chapter First
How a White Hart Appeared Before King Arthur, and How Sir Gawaine and Gaheris, His Brother,
Went in Pursuit Thereof, and of What Befell Them in That Quest


Chapter Second
How King Arthur Became Lost in the Forest, and How He Fell Into a Very Singular Adventure in a Castle Unto Which He Came

Chapter Third
How King Arthur Overcame the Knight-Enchanter, and How Sir Gawaine Manifested the High Nobility of His Knighthood