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CaptionGustave Doré's illustration Idylls of the King published between 1856 and 1885 is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809–1892; Poet Laureate from 1850 which retells the legend of King Arthur his knights his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him following the rise and fall of Arthur and his kingdom. The whole work recounts Arthur's attempt and failure to lift up mankind and create a perfect kingdom from his coming to power to his death at the hands of the traitor Mordred. Individual poems detail the deeds of various knights including Lancelot Geraint Galahad and Balin and Balan and also Merlin and the Lady of the Lake ________________________ Having boasted to King Mark that she will return with the hearts of Arthur’s knights in her hand Vivien begs and receives shelter in Guinevere’s retinue. While in Camelot she sows rumors of the Queen’s affair. She fails to seduce the King for which she is ridiculed and turns her attentions to Merlin. She follows him when he wanders out of Arthur's court troubled by visions of impending doom. She intends to coax out of Merlin a spell that will trap him forever believeing his defeat would be her glory. She protests her love to Merlin declaring he cannot love her if he doubts her. When he mentions Arthur’s knights' gossip about her she slanders every one of them. Merlin meets every accusation but one: that of Lancelot's illicit love which he admits is true. Worn down he allows himself to be seduced and tells Vivien how to work the charm. She immediately uses it on him and so he is imprisioned forever as if dead to anyone but her in a hollow nearby oak tree.George Wooliscroft & Louis Rhead. "The Lady of the Lake Steals Lancelot" from Tennyson Alfred. Idylls of the Kin
HeadlineGustave Doré illustrated Tennnyson's "Idylls of the King"
KeywordsKing-Arthur Tennyson Gustave-Dore Gustave_Doré
Copyright Noticeen.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Idylls_of_the_King
Byline (Photographer)Gustave Dore
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idylls_of_the_King

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