Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Land of Arthur--The Round Table

Winchester also holds great interest for Malory readers as a 14th century version of Arthur's Round Table resides in the Great Hall of Winchester Castle, a structure that dates back to the time of William the Conqueror (1066-1087). The famed green and beige table is a massive piece of wood joinery that now hangs on the wall of the Great Hall. The historical Arthur is said to have ruled around the 5th or 6th century BC but this table is dated to the 14th century and painted in its current color scheme by Henry the VIII in the early 16th century. In Malory' s great tale, the table is a wedding gift to Arthur from Guinevere's father, Leodegrance.