King Arthur's Court Essay

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Throughout British history, especially between the time periods 1485-1603, obtaining the status of a “knight” and furthermore, being bestowed knightship, was a great deal of honor. Henry VII was King of England and Lord of Ireland from his seizing of the crown on August 22 1485 until his coincidental death on the 21 of April 1509, as the first monarch of the House of Tudor. The Tudor dynasty was a European house from 1485 until 1603. While knights displayed many positive attributes, they also faced many hardships being a knight. Hardships are more commonly known as tests. Tests were effectively used to evaluate a knight’s loyalty to there king. A chivalrous knight was a highly touted individual that proved to be extremely valuable.…show more content…
181) However, at the water’s edge, Gawain hesitates, “If I throw this rich sword in the water, thereof shall never come good, but only harm and loss.” (P. 182) When he reports back to the king, the king asks, “What saw thou there.” (P.182) Gawain replies, “I saw nothing but wind and waves.” King Arthur was unimpressed and cast great doubt upon Gawain. “ah traitor unto me untrue, now thou hast betrayed me twice, when you have weened that thou has been to me so loved and dear, would betray me for the riches of the sword.” (P. 182) This shows Sir Gawain had some loyalty in the king, however, he displayed greed over a worldly possession. Furthermore, Gawain directly lies to the king by saying he saw nothing but wind and waves. Thus, preventing the king to question Gawain’s loyalty because the king had felt he was betrayed. Sir Gawain exhibits a lack of loyalty and dishonesty, therefore causing the king to no longer trust him. Tests are a method of evaluating how well you performed in a specific field. Tests provide a clear insight as to how well a knight performs. For a knight, tests depict how loyal and trustworthy he is to his lord or king. There are a few examples of knights that display both loyalty and dishonor. One example of dishonor comes from Morte d'Arthur. Sir Bedivere is instructed by King Arthur to take the
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