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Old Oct 7th 2016, 08:59 AM
Abishai100 Abishai100 is offline
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Default Lancelot-Mordred: Arthurian History Dualism

Lancelot and Mordred are two iconic knights from Arthurian legend.

Lancelot has been characterized as an unusually skilful and valiant (but fickle and scandalous) knight of Camelot and sometime friend (and sometime betrayer) of the legendary King Arthur, while Mordred has been marked as a prominent rival of Arthur and a calculating threat (a real warlord) to the English kingdom of Camelot.

Revisionist historians have reoriented depictions of Lancelot and Mordred, and this has taken some lustre away from the natural contouring these two knights provide to Arthurian history.

Lancelot is to Mordred what Hamlet was to Fortinbras. Pensive Lancelot was described as having an adulterous affair with Queen Guinevere, wife of King Arthur but still served Camelot on the battlefield. Mordred was described as the illegitimate son of Arthur's betraying sister, Morgan and stormed Camelot under the direction of his unscrupulous mother.

Lancelot is therefore ethically controversial but still a defender of Camelot, while Mordred is considered through-and-through a challenger of King Arthur, which makes the Lancelot-Mordred dualism a great history symbol of 'knighthood-era intrigue.'


MORDRED: You betrayed Arthur and Camelot.
LANCELOT: My sword still serves my king.
MORDRED: You accuse me of using an unscrupulous spear?
LANCELOT: I charge you with wielding a devastating axe.
MORDRED: My weapon is meant to serve my mother, Morgan.
LANCELOT: Morgan has betrayed her brother.
MORDRED: You made Queen Guinevere infamous.
LANCELOT: I am still Arthur's servant.
MORDRED: Likewise, I 'serve' my mother, Morgan.
LANCELOT: Camelot is invulnerable to bloodlust.


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