When a boy was three days old Merlin came to the door of the King’s house. It happened that the baby was given to Merlin, who was supposed to know all things as he was a magician. Merlin took him to Sir Ector, who brought the child up as his own son, and Sir Ector’s wife cared for him.
Arthur Becomes King All the Knights and great men came to London. They went into the church, and the archbishop spoke to them. Then they saw in front of the church door a great stone. There was a sword called Excalibur. Around the sword, written in letters of gold, were these words: “Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone, is right wise King born of England”
There was a great contest. All the barons came to the contest to try their skill. Among them rode Sir Ector, with him his son, Sir Kay, and his foster-son, young Arthur. Sir Kay had no sword with him. When Arthur got to the churchyard, there was no one there. All the knights had gone to the contest to try their skill.
The knights and the Round Table The Knights were men of courage, honor, dignity, courtesy, and nobleness. They protected ladies and damsels, honored and fought for kings, and undertook dangerous quests. The Round Table is King Arthur's famed table in the Arthurian legend, around which he and his Knights congregate. Everyone has heard of the Knights of the Round Table.
The knights were usually of noble birth: they were usually kings and princes, dukes, counts (or earls) and barons. Sir Galahad, Sir Lancelot, Sir Bedivere, Sir Percival, Sir Kay were the most famous knights of the Round Table. But only two knights played an important part in King Arthur’s fate- Sir Lancelot and Sir Mordred.
In the legends of King Arthur, Merlin was a magician who act as Arthur’s adviser. He was imprisoned for all time by a woman to whom he told the secret of his magic. The famous magician, tutor of King Arthur and a talented scientist who is credited with the creation of the Round Table.