Camelot

QUESTION:  Which of the following was NOT a knight of the round table?
A). Lancelot
B). Key
C). Gawain
D). Gareth
ANSWER BELOW

Yesterday's blog brought up the story of the Franklin Mint, and cited dolls as one of the fields in which limited edition collectibles were produced. Some of the dolls produced by the Mint honored famous people (Jackie Kennedy was a prime example here) or heroic legends. There are few legends more treasured in English lore than that of King Arthur and Camelot. The earliest tellings of the story of Arthur the warrior date to 830AD, by a Welshman struggling with the new Saxon leaders of their island country. From there, the story was embellished, adding the Knights of the Round Table, the tragic love story with Guinevere, the search for the Holy Grail, and other dramatic stories. When William Caxton published his La Morte d'Arthur in 1485 (one of the first printed books in the western world), he solidified the story as it is best known today.

King Uther Pendragon reigned over England during volatile times.  He had a son and heir to the throne named Arthur, who was hidden from Uther's enemies under the care of Merlin the Magician. Merlin placed a sword in a stone that could only be removed from Uther's proper heir and, when Arthur did so, he took the crown at Camelot. Firming up his title was the Lady of the Lake, who gave to Arthur Excaliber, a magical sword. Meanwhile, Arthur married the beautiful Guinevere and had to fight off the dark forces conjured by Guinevere's half-sister Morgan le Fey (more on these three women later). Arthur, struggling to keep his kingdom together during a civil war, established the Round Table in his palace at Camelot, around which he sought the council of his heroic knights. They fought all sorts of evil and had many adventures, with Arthur being mortally wounded by his traitorous nephew Mordred at the battle of Camlan. King Arthur was last seen being floated down a river to the Isle of Avalon, where he either died, or waits to come back to Great Britain's aid in a future time of need.

ANSWER:  B). Key.  Okay, this was a little tricky.  There was a knight named Kay.  And maybe somewhere along the line someone made a typo and called him Key, but there it is.