Sir Lancelot. A knight chivalrous, but unabashedly oblivious. He is infamous as a knight of Camelot and lover of King Arthur’s wife Guinevere . If you’re interested I definitely recommend reading Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, & Sir Launcelot and Queen Guinevere as well as watching BBC One’s TV Series Merlin. There is also a scene in L.M. Montgomery’s series Anne of Green Gables where Anne enacts The Lady of Shalott and must be rescued by Gilbert.
Despite being faithful to King Arthur, Sir Lancelot carries on an affair with Queen Guinevere, because in his soul, he knew he loved her more than Virtue. He chose fidelity to his heart rather than the knight’s code, love over loyalty, over honor. After being glorified by her, he needed no laurels in battle, nor salvation from death. He sipped from the sweet cup of adultery, caring not for its bitter aftertaste.
In The Lady of Shalott, Sir Lancelot errs again though through no fault of his own. The accursed Lady of Shalott sets eyes on our knight and, overcome at the sight of him, leaves her place at the loom, thus damning herself to die.
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Go read Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott LINK HERE:http://genius.com/Alfred-lord-tennyson-the-lady-of-shalott-annotated