Medieval Period in general, and King Arthur in particular, have an air
Arthur and Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere.
Camelot covers the period in Arthur’s life from when he meets
of how King Arthur abandons his assault on Lancelot to defend
immediately precede Morte d’ Arthur and there is no overlap in the
will however, discuss the mood, tone, and characterization of a few
key figures in the two works.
One difference in character that I found was that in the
introduction to Morte d’ Arthur, Mordred is referred to as King
Arthurs nephew. Later in the text, when Arthur and Mordred are
fighting (p. 96, para.1) it says, “. . . so he smote his father King Arthur
In Camelot, Mordred is Arthur’s illegitimate son, although he keeps
position in the two pieces. Another difference in the two works was
that in Camelot, Mordred tells Arthur, “I despise the sword, loathe the
spear, and I detest horses.” Yet in Morte d’ Arthur Mordred and
Arthur fight and before Arthur kills him, Mordred wounds Arthur
badly. In Malory’s work, I got the feeling that Mordred was a big,
burly, knight that loved a good fight. Yet in Camelot, Mordred is a
devilish-looking, puny, scheming, young man who turns down
Arthur’s offer of knighthood because he’s just not “that type.” Mordred
turns the knights against each other which destroys the Round Table
The mood and tone of Camelot and Morte d’ Arthur are very
different in most parts. The majority of Camelot is cheerful, bright,
and hopeful as Arthur creates a new society of “might for right.” Only
towards the end of the movie when the viewer is overcome with a
created. Like Romeo and Juliet, written about 120 years after Morte
d’ Arthur, which is filled with references to “starcrossed lovers,”
Camelot and Morte d’ Arthur could be examined from the standpoint
of fate in regards to character actions. Had Lancelot not decided to
come to Camelot to join the Round Table, and Mordred had never
been told that Arthur was his father, Camelot may have never been
and perhaps realistic view of the Medieval period than Camelot.
the favorite “epic heroes” of modern times.