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"How Galahad drew out the sword from the floating stone at Camelot"


Illustration by Arthur Rackham



This illustration from Rackham was the basis for a colour plate published in the 1917 Edition of "The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights

of the Round Table". It is associated with the Galahad's resolution of the 'Adventures of the Stone' as described in the following:


So when the meat was done that the king and all were risen, the king went unto the Siege

Perilous and lifted up the cloth, and found there the name of Galahad; and then he showed

it unto Sir Gawaine, and said, "Fair nephew, now have we among us Sir Galahad, the good

knight that shall worship us all; and upon pain of my life he shall achieve the Sangreal, right

as Sir Launcelot hath done us to understand". Then came King Arthur unto Galahad and

said, "Sir, ye be welcome, for ye shall move many good knights to the quest of the Sangreal,

and ye shall achieve that never knights might bring to an end". Then the king took him by

the hand, and went down from the palace to show Galahad the adventures of the stone.


The queen heard thereof, and came after with many ladies, and showed them the stone

where it hovered on the water. "Sir," said the king unto Sir Galahad, "here is a great marvel

as ever I saw, and right good knights have assayed and failed". "Sir," said Galahad, "that is

no marvel, for this adventure is not theirs but mine; and for the surety of this sword I

brought none with me, for here by my side hangeth the scabbard". And anon he lay his

hand on the sword, and lightly drew it out of the stone, and put it in the sheath, and said

unto the king, "Now it goeth better than it did aforehand. Now have I that sword that

sometime was the good knight's, Balin le Savage, and he was a passing good man of his

hands; and with this sword he slew his brother Balan, and that was a great pity, for he was

a good knight, and either slew other through a dolorous stroke that Balin gave unto my

grandfather King Pelles, the which is not year whole, nor shall be till I heal him".





"How Galahad drew out the sword from the floating stone at Camelot" by Arthur Rackham



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