even the nobility- existed throughout the entire novel. The people and places in The Once
Camelot, for one, would not have been so gorgeously described, and looked upon
as a majestic land. Towns back then were not pretty. Dirt thrived in cities; there were
diseases and crud everywhere. Camelot was also depicted as being in order, and just to
outright chaotic and unjust. As far as the king goes, he probably did not do much to help
the fairness of towns.
Arthur, such a great, benevolent king, would not have existed back then. A great
king no doubt probably came to reign a time or two but someone who was so great, and
did so many things for his kingdom and so influential would not have been formed back
just should never have been remembered. No king ever did so many things that they
would have stood out so much as Arthur would have.
As a queen, Guenevere, from The Once and Future King, did not fit the
stereotypical-Middle-Age queen. She did not want to marry the king because she did not
want to marry the king, you were thought of being just as crazy as the king could have
many queens did not tolerate.
The knight was even portrayed in a dreamland way. Lancelot, such a great fighter,
so brave, fair and content on doing the right thing; not many knights were like that.
long as it was for the well-being of someone ?good?). Nonfictional knights of the Middle
As obvious as this is, it should be pointed out. The Once and Future King
contained a magician, as wonderful as Merlyn is, and knowing that the story could not
have taken place without him-he could not have existed. He brings out a spark in legends
swipes him away.
the Round Table. The elaboration brings out the untruth of it. There may have been a few
and be so influential that the entire kingdom knew of you. Most knights were feared, not
desired. The knights, in reality, went around to towns pillaging and raping-basically
destroying anything and everything. The novel places knights in this innocence picture, a
beautiful, yet completely absurd representation.
All in all The Once and Future King is basically fabricated out of nothing,
although the authors did a very nice job of creating a fairy tale out of a horrendous time.
Most people like to pretend that the early Middle ages were great, but facing reality, you
The time period can sprout love and beauty, given the right amount of spice, though. As
The Once and Future King did.
The Once and Future King, T.H. White