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Finding Merlin by Kate Cowie

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The armorial bearings of Sir Lancelot.

imagehe heraldic scholar, Gerard Brault, describes how Sir Lancelot (who would have been the greatest of all the knights of the Company of the Round Table but for his adulterous love for King Arthur’s queen) acquired his traditional bearings.3

In his early adventures in the great thirteenth-century French Vulgate Cycle of romances, he wears the white armour given to him by the Lady of the Lake. Later, however, as he prepares to capture the castle of Dolorous Guard, he receives three enchanted shields from her. All are white, but the first, which has the power to impart to its owner the strength of one man, has ...

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