Le Morte dArthur is, at its core, a story of the life of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When not so stated, it may be only because this has been left out in abbreviating the story. The father has killed the son and the son has mortally wounded the father. A squire flees with Mordred in a cradle. King Arthur has ten divisions, led by Yvain, King Yon, King Caradoc, King Cabarentin of Cornwall, King Angusel of Scotland, Girflet, Lucan the Wine Steward, Sagremor the Foolhardy, Guivret, and King Arthur leading the strongest division. (Compare Henry of Huntingdon’s account.). Adultery is still tied to her role in these later romances, however, but Mordred has been replaced with Lancelot. Ganelon, the traitor, comes with Charlemagne, and thinks that Mordred’s skull being on display is an affront and warning to all traitors, of which he considers himself to be one. The Archbishop formally curses Mordred at Canterbury, but flees into the forest when Mordred sends for him. What connection exists between the stories of Amr and Mordred, if there is one, has never been satisfactorily explained. The English Alliterative Morte Arthure does not mention Angusel at all in this place. The Saxons flee, and many of them drown in a nearby river. In early Arthurian legend, Mordred (Medrautin Welsh) was the nephew of King Arthur of Camelot. Merlin, as a child, explains to King Arthur that Arthur is the son of Uther Pendragon and Ygerne. Then later that day, or very soon after, Arthur pulls the sword from the stone. The Arhbishop becomes a hermit. Mordred is so power-crazed, so obsessed with grabbing power, that he unilaterally declares himself king and tries to marry the queen. Then Mordred rides against Sagremor with such force that Sagremor’s head is torn off and flies across the field. The old man tells Arthur that Arthur’s dream signify a boy-child to be born who will destroy his kingdom, and that Arthur may not find the boy-child, as it does not please Our Lord. The Post-Vulgate Mort Artu gives a much abridged version of the Vulgate Mort d’Artu account, but with some additions. When placed in the cradle, Mordred accidentally strikes his head so hard that he suffers a wound, the scar of which is visible later in life. 3. But Lancelot of the Lake, the only Knight of the Round Table still alive, assembles his people, takes with him his vassal king, Caradoc of Little Britain, and besieges and captures London. An agreement is made according to Mordred shall rule Cornwall and Kent while King Arthur is alive, and be recognized as King Arthur’s heir to receive all of Britain, when King Arthur dies. Wace, in his Roman de Brut does not render the passage where Geoffrey says that Gawain and Mordred were brothers. “Sir Mordred — The Last Battle”, from The Book of Romance, edited by Andrew Lang. This account claims that some of the walls of the tower can still be seen. That promise was with King Loth, and therefore has no value now that King Loth is dead. Mordred, with four hundred of his finest knights, attacks King Arthur’s division. Mordred is already cruel and proud, but at that time does not frequent the court because King Arthur would be angry at him, if he saw him. King Yon is killed by an Irish knight. The author of the Didot Perceval claims that Mordred fled to Ireland, perhaps misunderstanding a source which said that Mordred had fled “towards Ireland”. The man pleads that Mordred hold off until he has spoken to Lancelot, but Mordred draws his sword and beheads him before Lancelot can hinder him. Guenevere pretends to be considering it, and asks for a day to think it over. As the first of May draws near, King Arthur decides to have every boy-child born in May in Logres imprisoned in a tower, or two or three towers if necessary. King Loth welcomes Antor into his own party because Antor is a knight. He attacks Mordred. The Queen is angry about being given into Mordred’s keeping, but says nothing, although she knows Mordred’s evil and dishonesty and expects trouble to come from it. Arthur runs toward Mordred with the spear in his hands. And so Mordred is conceived. It may be that this tale has equated Agravain, who in some romances is rather an unpleasant character, with Mordred. In the Italian Tivolo Ritondo, Guenevere (Ginevara), pressed by Mordred (Mordarette) to become his wife, agrees to marry Mordred at the castle of Urbano, which is four leagues from Camelot (Camelotto). See Meleon for more details. When the host discovers Mordred and his wife in bed together, a single combat ensues, in which Mordred has the victory. In the ensuing battle Melehan slays Sir Lionel, son of King Bors the Elder and brother to Sir Bors the Younger. This is the only mention in any text that Medrawd was Arthur’s foster son, save perhaps in the English Alliterative Morte Arthure, where Athur speaks to Mordred (text slightly modernized): “Thou art my nephew full near, my nursling of old,That I have chastened and chosen, a child of my chamber; ...”. Stories always number them as two, though they are usually not named, nor is their mother. Here Mordred’s begetting predates Arthur’s marriage to Guenevere. Mordred’s younger brother, Gawain, will dwell in Britain under Arthur as a British lord and knight. He's doing his best, and his best is going to have to get him - and the entirety of Pendragon Corps - out of the most dangerous scandals in history. King Cheldric is slain by the Scots, King Colgrin is slain by the Picts. Most accounts say that Mordred left two sons who attempt to gain Britain for themselves, but their power was destroyed, either by King Constantine, according to one account, or by Lancelot and his forces according to another. And therefore they were called Royal Knights. The fisherman and his wife decide that their safest course is to take the child to the king of their land, who is Nabur the Foolhardy (Nabu li Desreez). Mordred is first mentioned as a one of the knights who comes to Arthur’s court, and immediately following this, the text mentions that his brothers Guerrehet, Gaheriet, and Gawain also came to court, and that all four were sons of King Loth of Orcanie and nephews to King Arthur. He was the child of King Lot of Orkney and Lothian, and Queen Morgause (Anna), one of Arthur's half-sisters. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Brittaniae and most following works, Arthur and Mordred have two battles before the final battle. 4. Mordred begs Arthur not to give him this position, but to choose another, for he is too feeble for such a princely position. Mordred was the illegitimate son of King Arthur Pendragon and his half-sister Morgause. He says that for two years, since beginning to be a knight, Mordred has not been very wicked, but that henceforth, Mordred will be a true dragon, doing nothing but evil, killing all the men he can, beginning with him. When they tell him, the man at once begins to upbraid them, calling them the two most unfortunate knights of which he knows. But she is instrumental in persuading her sons Gawain, Agravain, Guerrehet, and Gaheriet to abandon their rebellious father and to seek to become knights of King Arthur. He usurped the throne from his father at the instigation of Morgan le Fay, only to be slain in battle with Arthur at the Battle of Camlan, where Arthur was mortally wounded.. Mordred was the son and nephew of King Arthur from an intimate encounter King Arthur had with his half-sister Morgause, when he did not know they … The peculiarities of these were that there was neither king nor emperor in the world who could refuse them, on account of their beauty and wisdom in peace; while in war no warrior or champion could withstand them, despite the excellence of his arms. Mordred, knowing that he has had his death wound, makes a final attack on his father, King Arthur, and gives to him also a mortal wound, cutting away part of King Arthur’s skull. When Mordred next appears in the surviving fragments of the Post-Vulgate Arthurian Cycle, Mordred is already a Knight of the Round Table, well established with his brothers at court. But the following day, when serving at the table, Arthur privately tells King Loth’s wife what had happened and begs that she not tell anyone. Mordred gives Arthur a mortal wound on his right side. 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