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  • 1. i tÄrdllWlf Jenny DooleyExpress Publishing
  • 2. Published by Express PublishingLiberty House, New Greenham Park, Newbury,Berkshire RG19 6HWTel: (0044) 1635 817 363 - Fax: (0044) 1635 817 463 C o j f U m b se-mail: inquiries@expresspublishing.co.ukhttp://www. expresspublishing.co. uk© Jenny Dooley, 1996 Chapter 7; The Lady of the Lake 7Design £sf Illustration © Express Publishing, 1996 Chapter 2: Uthers Promise 10Colour Illustrations: Nathan Chapter 3: King Arthur 14First published 1996Published in this edition 2006 Chapter 4: Guinevere 18 Chapter 5: Sir Lancelot 21Made in EU Chapter 6: Sir Lancelot and Sir Gawain 26All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by Chapter 7: Morgan Le Fay 30any means, electronic, photocopying, recording or otherwise,without the prior written permission of the publishers. Chapter 8: Mordred 33This book is not meant to be changed in any way. Chapter 9-, The Message 36ISBN-13: 978-1-84216-850-9 Chapter 70:Arthur Fights Mordred 39ISBN-10: 1-84216-850-9
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  • 4. Chapter 1 Lcuiij o f tfi/^ Lc^kt Merlin closed his eyes and pointed his finger at anothermountain of rocks. They exploded into a thousand pieces!When he opened his eyes, all he could see was blue sky.Everything round him was empty and silent - the trees, thehills, the lakes. Slowly, a voice reached Merlins ears. It wasUther, the King of England, speaking in his castle miles away.Merlin was a magician with special powers to see, hear andknow all things human. Merlin took a magic crystal ball from the long, blue robehe always wore. He wanted to see Uther in the magic ball,talking to his brother in the castle. Uther was a strong manwho had won many battles. Yet England was still divided bymany wars. "1 have won enough battles to rule a thousand countries,yet England stands divided. What else must I do?" Using his magic power again. Merlin shut his eyes andwhen he opened them again, he was in Uthers castle, hidingbehind a wall. He came out when Uthers brother had gone.^^Uther was not surprised to see Merlin as his magic was respectedand reared throughout the land. "Merlin, why do you appear now when I wish to be alone?" "Because I believe I can help you." "How? No one can stop our people fighting each other." "Excalibur can." Uther was puzzled.
  • 5. Chapter 1 Chapter 1 "What is Excalibur?" Merlin watched the Lady of the Lake disappear below the Merlin became very serious. dark mysterious water. He knew he must watch over the use "Excalibur is the most powerful sword in the world. Whoever of Excalibur, as the Lady of the Lake trusted him.owns it cannot be killed or lose a battle." "Youve made a promise Uther. Do not forget what it is." "Give it to me! I must have it!" Yet Uther had already forgotten. All he could think of, as "It is not only mine to give. The Lady of the Lake must feel he looked at his face reflected in the sword, was how strongthat you deserve it." and powerful he would become. Uther asked to be shown the Lady of the Lake so he couldprove himself to her. Merlin agreed. He took Uther to a darkvalley far from the kingdom, in which lay a crystal lake. Utherand Merlin stood in front of the still water of the deep lake.They stared at their reflections in its mirror-like surface-^^tf^^ "You must promise me something if I allow you to takeExcalibur from the lake." "Say it and it is yours." "I want your iirst-born child." Uther looked at himself in the lake. He saw himself killingmen and ruling with a power that had never been seen before.Since he had no children, it did not seem a great deal to ask.He gave Merlin his word of honour. T h e water before them began to stir. A womans figureappeared below the surface olthe water. Her hands rose fromthe water, holding the gold handle of the silver sword calledExcalibur. "Take it, Uther. It is yours if you want it." Uther stepped into the water, taking the magnificent swordinto his hands.When he touched it, he was filled with a strangeenergy. He held it up to the sky, admiring the reflections oflight on its silver surface.
  • 6. ir.5 Chapter 2 o m L s e A few years passed, and in time the Queen gave birth to ason. Uther had completely foji-g^t^pj.his promise to Merlinuntil the day Merlin came to claim what was his. He enteredthe chamber where the Queen was playing with her baby son. .. v .Uther followed behind. His face was deathly pale. The Queensaw by her husbands expression that something terrible hadhappened. She^rose tJ) greet him. "What is it Uther? You do not look well." He explained the promi.se he had made to Merlin. Igraine,the Queen, was furious.- "You fool! Vou would give up your own child for the priceof a sword?" Uther turned to Merlin. "Please Merlin, I beg you, dont take our child! Ill give youanything else you ask!" "You gave me your word of honour. Ihe child is mine." And with that, he took the baby from Igraines arms. Shescreamed for the King to take the child back, but Uther wasweak against Merlins powers. Merlin cast a spell over the Kingand Queen, which kept them from moving. When Merlin wasgone, the spell went with him, so the King t{)ok Excalibur tothe forest to find Merlin and his son. Heavy clouds came over the sky, and it began to rain. Uthercalled out for Merlin as he moved through the forest.
  • 7. T h e rain, and his wish to see his son, prevented Uther fromseeing the thieves hiding in the trees. A thiefjumped on Uthersback. "Give us the sword and we will let you live." ^ Uther couldnt reach Excalibur. He tried to grasp it, butone o f the thieves stabbed him with a knife. As he fell, he Mf U /Atouched Excalibur. It gave him the strength to rise and fight,but he was badly injured. He knew he was going to die, andcrawled to the nearest rock to rest. T h e rain poured down onhim as he called out to Merlin. "Merlin! I have kept my promise. I will leave Excalibur inthis rock, but you must make my son a king." Uther rose up with all his strength and pushed Excaliburinto the rock right up to the handle. T h e King fell down onthe ground and died next to that rock. Merlin appeared besideUther. "No man shall pull this sword from this rock unless he isthe next King o f England."
  • 8. •Ir./f- Chapter З Я П ш г For many years after Uthers death, knights from all overthe country tried to pull Ejxcalibur from the stone, but nonesucceeded. They Competed to s^e wfio was the strongest knight.When these competitions ended, the winner would go to therock, with a crowd of people watching, to see if he would bethe next King of England. , On ,one such day a very Іагге man, over six feet tall, with /Ьґо: CI .іидпсч] IJM J / abroad shoulders and km^^dark hair, stepped up to Excaliburto try to lift it frojn its res^hg* place of eighteen years. Thecountry had suffered durimj these years, as there had never a 1 [.^iCicrbCLHYbeen one ruler to bring peace to the entn-e land.The crowdwaited quietly as the tall, dark-haired man grabbed the handleof Excalibur. He pulled with all his strength, but the swordwould not move. The man walked away, disappointed, as anew round of games began to see who would try the sword next. "Aithur! Where is my sword? The games are about to begin." Arthur, the slave of a knight called Kay, was sent to bringKays sword for the next round of games. Arthur had misplacedKays sword, and in a panic, he ran trying to find anothersword for his master. Arthur ran with fear to the rock where Excalibur stood. Hehad never noticed the men trying to pull the sword from therock, as he was always busy serving Kay. Arthur pulled it fromthe rock and ran to his master, happy to have found a sword. Everyone knew Excalibur from its gold handle and its silver
  • 9. Chapter 3 kljblade. Aithur WdedittoKay,whostoodadrtiiring its magnificence. "Ai Lliur! Where did you get this?" "From a rock, just behind the trees." The crowd around them held their breath. "The boy. Hes pulled the sword from the rock." Arthur became uneasy, not knowing what he had done.Merlin, in his long blue robe, appeared beside the boy andplaced a hand on his shoulder. "This boy is the son of Uther, the last King of England. He. , ,/«».№/xaiw^^-tfj- /»rAi^n/is the heir to the^throne. There was much wmspering among the crowd. No onebelieved that this lei?^ant boy could be a king. Only Merlinknew, as he had made Arthur a servant to teach him what itwas like to be ruled by other men. He believed that when thetime came for Arthur to be Kins, he would learn from hismasters mistakes and therefore be wiser than his father, Uther.Merlin also knew that he had to prove to the people that Arthurwas trufy tiie Kings son. He told Arthur to put Excalibur back into the rock. Arthurdid. Merlin asked Kay, and any others who thought they were / Wi / „• XT ijworthy of the sword, to try to pull it out. No one could. " I f this boy, Arthur, pulls the sword from the rock, he isthe true King of England and you must do as he says." Arthur pulled Excalibur from the rock and held it up forall the crowd to see. The people knelt with respect. As he heldExcalibur, Arthur felt the same power his father had once feltrun through his body. "With this sword, I will unite England into a land of peaceand prosperity. With these words, Arthur began to fulfill his promise.
  • 10. Chapter 4 (^иЬлОггг^ Arthur stood on the wall above his castle s entrance at ,Camelot as he watched a woman riding a horse, accompanied by men in arrnour, near the castle. She was dressed in white,with a greea cape covering her arms and shoulders, and a , ,hood hiding her face. She threw back the hood to announcethat she was Guinevere, princess o f Carmelide, daughter to /•kn-.mi plVjtMWtf •• , <the Baron Leodegran. Arthur, charmed by the ladys beauty- her red hair, fair skin and clear, green eyes - didnt knowwhy she had arrived at the castle. He only nodded to the guardsto let her in. Arthur vyent to hear what this beautiful woman had to say. "Your Cirac6,"J^|^fethers castle is under attack. He is loyalto Your l/ordsfiip, and he needs your help." "Guards! Send our best knights to the casde in Garmelide.I will soon follow. Prepare the table and some food for the ladyand her men. She will stay here undl her father is safe." "I thank you for your kindness, but 1 must return to myfather. He is in need of my help." "Your loyalty to your father equals your beauty. I promiseyou, my men and I will protect your father and keep him safe." Guinevere thought Arthur had a strong, handsome face.She liked his quick, thoughtful decisions, and she agreed to stay.^ Дгіііиг.госіе lo G.ai nielide whereДіє,and his men quickly ^d e f e a t e d w h o had tried to oveitak^the Barons casde.
  • 11. Chapter 4 Chapter 5Baron Leodegran lowered the drawbridge of the castle for the C* *King. When the two men met, Leodegran k^ieft bejfore Arthur, O t r " , frbKed!, / U til -ma /promising his loyalty to the King and his support of aEngland. Arthur thanked him, and asked him to return to Camelot i Lcmcd(Awith him and his men to celebrate their victory. Guinevere rode towards Camelot with Arthurs knights As they rode to Camelot, Arthur spoke to Leodegran of his riding in front and behind her. Her father was at her side. Itdaughter, the Princess. was the day of her marriage to Arthur, and her white dress "Guinevere does great honour to your farnil^ name, sir. I stood out among the shining silver of the knights armour andam overcam^%y her beauty and charrnanH I would like to the green grass on the hills beside them.make her my wife." They were on a winding road when they turned a corner "No man could wish for more than for his daughter to and saw a tree on fire. They stopped, left the road, and climbedmarry a king, especially one as noble as yourself, but I ask you a hill to go around the fire. Enemies of Guineveres father,onlv to speak to Guinevere. If she is in agreement, then so am I." , , . • , . , Urii-.mindfncu.iuj Leodegran, had set the fire, and they were waidng on the They rode on m silence, with Arthur determined to nnd a opposite side of the hill to attack those guarding Guinevere.dme when he could tell Guinevere his thoughts. They were led by a man called Maleagant who once served At Camelot, they celebrated with a feast large enough for Leodegran at his castle. He was in love with Guinevere, buttwo kingdoms. The people danced, and musicians sang of the she disliked him because she did not trust him. He was alsobatdes won and the hope that peace would soon visit the the one who led the attack against Leodegran which causedcountry. Arthur had a moment alone with Guinevere, away Guinevere to ask for Arthurs help.from the noise of the celebration. He told her that he had never As the enemies fought, Guinevere was left unguarded.seen a beauty like hers in all his travels through the countryside. Maleagant saw his opportunity and pulled Guinevere from "What is more, your strength of character goes bey"(^d my her horse onto his own. She screamed but she could do nothing.idea of a bride. Will you stand by my side, as my Queen?" He rode away quickly before any of Arthurs knights knew He took her hand, and they stood for a moment, what had happened. "You have saved my father, th^/efOTe^u liave^saved me. A horseman stood alone on the opposite hilltop watchingIt would be unwise of me to refuse the hand of a man who is the battle. He saw Maleagant ride away with Guinevere. Hetruly a king." ^ ^^^^^ did not know who Guinevere was when he rode after th^em,^ They kissed, giving those in the casde even more cause to but his noble character would not allow him to watch injustice celebrate. being done.
  • 12. Chapter 5 His name was Lancelot, son of the Baron of Benoic. Hisfather had been killed in one of the batdes dividing the country,and when he heard Arthur had pulled Excalibur from therock, he had set off for Camelot to offer his help in ending thewars in England. Lancelot had to ride quickly to be able to watch Maleagantand Guinevere, but he was careful not to be seen. He wantedto know where Maleagant would take Guinevere. jTln t ) e m f } : : mnu , Maleagant stopped m a clearmg surrounded by large rocks.Lancelot hid behind the rocks, so he could surprise Maleagant.Maleagant tied Guineveres hands and feet, as he wished torest after the long journey. He ^Jo^d before Guinevere, staringat her with the dark c/istrustful eyes she had first seen anddisliked in him. "If you do not have what you desire in this world Guinevere,you must take it, one way or another." As he said this, Lancelot appeared on the rocks above him.Only GuinevCTe,^could see him. She looked at his kind braveface and he assured her with a nod of his head that he wasthere tor her. • "There is a man who is about to change the world you thinkyou know so well." " I f you mean that fool you wish to call your husband, youare less intelligent than I thought." , "There are more men than the King who believe in whatis true and just, oc-fy-^^iiixm At that, Lancelot jumped from the rocks above Maleagantshead and knocked him to the ground. Without a helmet,without knowing where Lancelot was, Maleagant was deadbefore he could draw his sword. nn^ct-ufufb
  • 13. "I thank you for saving me, but perhaps there is one whowill be even more thankful. We were to marry today. He is theKing, Arthur." "I was on my way to Camelot when I saw what happened.I am h o n o u r e d . " y f ^ « ^ . , Lancelot knelt before Guinevere. She was charmed. otif^i^^^X^ "Stand, sir. I am not yet a queen and do not deserve suchhonour." i^Uff^^ "Yet your beauty alone should have told me that one dayI would serve you." "Tell me your name, and we will ride to Camelot together,where Im sure the King will be as pleased as I am with yourfeelings." "My name is Lancelot, son of the Baron of Benoic. I am atyour service." They rode back together to Camelot where they were metoutside the castle by Arthur and his men. When Arthur heardwhat Guinevere had to say, he approached Lancelot. "You have done me a great service, brave sir, and I wish todo the same for you." ^ ^ ^ ^ "My only wish is to help Your Highness unite this landwhere mei^bm^r tjian myself have been killed for no reason." "Kneel, L^an?^t. From this day forward, you will be SirLancelot, the most favoured knight of the King of England.Together, we will unite this land." Guinevere watched as Lancelot knelt and Arthur touchedeach of Lancelots shoulders with Excalibur. She knew thatthese two men would always be close to her heart.
  • 14. from Lancelot. In it, Gawain wrote that Lancelot was in love S tr Lcmc do t with the Queen, and that although Lancelot did not want to beUjiy the King, he would like to talk to the Queen in private. & uir Qcizuciiti T h e Q u e e n sent for Lancelot the moment she read the letter. Lancelot, unwilling to leave his post, was gYatetui tnat After peace came to England and p^o^le were living in Gawain was there to watch the tower while he spoke to Guinevere. ,t(r!-;,p.VK«5. » 1 J u-harmony, Arthur decided to establish a symbol of the countrys T h e Queen was very direct with Lancelot. She asked himunity which would help keep the unity and peace they enjoyed. to explain the letter.He invited all the barons of the castles in England, who had "Although it is in my name, Im afraid it is not by my hand."remaine^ foy^to the King during his fight for peace, to come "And your heart?"and sit at a round table Arthur had specially designed. At this "My heart is at the service of the King and Queen."table, all mens opinions were equal and matters on how to "Do you love me. Sir Lancelot?"keep peace and unity in England were discussed. "I love you as my Que^n and as the Kings wife." Sir Lancelot sat to the right of Arthur and Sir Gawain sat Guinevere was ¥at!rsfied with Lancelots answers, but sheto the left. Thev were the bravest and most noble of Arthurs was syrpris^d to fin^ that her own heart was moved by hisknights, and Arthur put c6mplete trust in them. Sir Gawain nobility ^nS graJiefSlTe asked him to sit with her to play a gamewas jealous df Sir Lancelot.He knew Lancelot was Arthurs, o f chess. Lancelot trusted Sir Gawainfavourite knight because he had been the first to be knipited to keep his post, at theby the King. ^ door of the tower. Lancelot was said to have a pure heart. He had no ambidons T h e King returned, surprised to see Sir Gawain at the doorfor himself, only for the King and Queen. Gawain did not of the Queens tower.believe this. He thought Lancelot, like all men, wanted to be "My King. I saw the door unguarded and so I have beenKing himself I f Lancelot were Kin|,^Gawain thought, he would guarding it myself I am sure the Queen is safe, for I havehave a Queen as beautiful and virtUoufSstiuinevere. ° o / IjeimioJiiMUtaiL heard laughter from her c h a m b e r . Arthur was called from the castle to visit Guineveres father, Sir Gawain couldnt have planned it better. But, as the KingLeodegran. Arthur asked Lancelot to guard the Queens tower arrived at the Queens chamber, the Queen and Lancelot hadwhile he was gone, as Lancelot was surely the best swordsman reached for the same game piece at the same dme. Their handsin England. touched. Guinevere lightly held Lancelots fingers. Lancelot Sir Gawain gained the trust of one of the Queens maids. raised her hand with his.He asked her to give a letter to the Queen which he said was "Will you kiss my hand before you return it?" "As my Queen, I will ..."
  • 15. Chapter 6 Arthur kicked the door open. Lancelot stood up, reachingfor his sword. Arthur thought he saw them holding hands. i s . . „ ur Dires^jni •JaMtrnf-r-^-/fi , °The expression or embarrassment on Guinevere s face gaveArthur more need to worry. "You left your post!" "I was called." "Silence! You left your post. Now, do as I say and attendto your duties!" The love Arthur felt for Lancelot and Guinevere hurt himas he was now not sure the love was being returned.
  • 16. Chapter 7 Chapter 7 leaves which ternp?)ranly blinded them. They sat on their horses, wiping tlie dust from their eyes. Then they saw the beaudful Guinevere riding towards them through the forest. Merlin would often go to the island of Avalon, where a young and very beaudful woman practised the art of magic Merlin had taught her. Her name was Morgan Ls F^y, and she could c h a n g ^ e r s e l f into any shape, and heal a)l illnesses.^ Yet this did not satisfy Her. She wanted to^cause evil and disharmony in the world. She thought this would make her truly powerful. "You are young and foolish, Morgan.You possess die greatest power there is, yet, you want to destroy it." Morgan begged Merlin to explain how evil is caused. He agreed because he wanted her to understand human pain/fu.4 Merlin took out his crystal ball. In it, he showed Morgan what had happened between Lancelot, Guinevere and Arthur. "Evil is created by forcing a man, or a woman, to concentrate on a part of their character which it is better to forget. You, see . /ir) 2yimeM eJMafCittiCK ir involvement. ° /i ciQi cf.oHi < - nc-j ° possibility of Lancelots desire ^^t5uinevere,^fit^aii evil fire in Morgans he^rt. When Merlin left her, Morgan turned herself into a f^conand flew to Camelot. She circled Camelot until she saw Lancelot and Ciawain riding their horses through the forest. With a strong wind, she blew the leaves on the forest floor into the air around her, as she changed forms again. This time she took the form of Guinevere on horseback. Sir Gawain and Sir Lancelot were stopped by the wind and
  • 17. Chapter 8 Guinevere told Gawain to stay with the horses and the servants while she led Lancelot by the hand to a clearing some d^/iordrut distance away, but sdll where Sir Gawain could see them. She told Lancelot his touch had moved her so much that she couldnt take a step without thinking of him. If he would hold her, if her cheek could touch his, if he would kiss her, she believed that she would be free of this desire and could Guinevere could not believe what she heard when the King devote her life ag^m to^the King. Lancelot was torn between told her what Sir Gawain had seen. She insisted she had never his feelings of Idyafty towards the King and an unexpected ridden out to the forest without her husband. y Apd ^ i /uK ^desire to take Guinevere in his arms. He thought if he kissed "Lancelot has admitted to everything. He has been banished." her, just once, he would SltisFy lhis desire, as well as the Queens, "He is lying! My hps have only touched one mans, andand then he could remain loyal to the King forever. here he stands before me, willing to listen to a traitor rather They held each other and kissed while Gawain watched than his own wife."with excited and open eyes. Morgan left Lancelot and the forest "But Sir Gawain said..."as Guinevere. She flew through the air as an eagle and dived "Sir Gawain is a fool! Look into his eyes and you will seeinto the sea as a dolphin. When she returned to Avalon, she that he does not know the difference between truth and fantasy.was sadsfied. True power, she felt, was now hers. Call Lancelot here and we will setde this matter. Undl then, I Gawain reported to the King what he had seen, and the will see no one!" King called Lancelot before him. Lancelot, unable to lie, With that, the Queen left for her chambers. The King wasiidmitte^everything. alone, thinking, when Merlin appeared. Merhn knew that "Your seat at the round table shall remain empty as a Morgan Le Fay had caused this trouble, but he also knewreminder of your disloyalty and disgrace. I banish you from Arthur had made a great mistake. Not asking Guinevere whatCamelot. You have betrayed me." had happened showed a lack of faith. Sending Lancelot away Lancelot accepted his punishment as his heart told him that would cause disharmony in the kingdom and throughout thehe had been wrong. Sir Gawain was pleased with himself land. Merlin told Arthur to call the knights to the Round Table "Now I will be the Kings favourite knight," he thought to so he could speak to them. When the knights were seatedhimself around King Arthur, Merlin stopped at Lancelots empty seat. The circle has been broken. Lvil, whatever its cause, has touched one man, therefore it touches you all. I have seen the future. England will once again be at war. There is a truth which
  • 18. must be discovered before the country can be united. It is yourduty to find this truth." Merlin rolled his crystal ball across the table. Ciradually, itbecame a ball of blinding light undl it stopped in the centreof the table. Inside the light, a golden cup with a long thinsteni^ppeared "0Vserye1t,^all of TOu. It is the Holy Cirail, and holds thesecrets of truth an^jmiic^^^irfel it, and peace will return toEngland." fhuhder shook the walls of the castle and it began to rain.Merlin and the Cirail had disappeared. It became dark. Arthurordered his men to search for the Cirail which would againunite England. He felt the absence of Lancelot as he sat nextto his empty seat, and he too left the Round Table. Merlin believed he had made a mistake by showing Morganthe weakness of humans. He returned to Avalon to see if hewas right. ® /A/nnirlC-OUfiy Morgan was training a small boy to fight like a warrior.She had stolen him as a new-born child to rai.se him as the newleader of England who would carry out her wishes. "Morgan, youve disobeyed me. It must stop!" "Stop? But do you not see this son of mine, Mordred? Hewill one day rule with a power you have never imagined!" Merlin raised his hand to destroy what he had helped createin Morgan, but she turned herself into a mirror, and his spellwas reflected back on him, banishing him from the earth forever. Morgan turned back into the woman she was, and lookedat her stolen child. "Mordred, now nothing will come between you and tlie dirone!"
  • 19. Chapter 9 England now became more divided than it had ever been, , 1 1 1 1 1 , J/Kiislsnf/flipc/i^r ^as the round table had broken up. Violent battles in thecountryside divided the diity o f the, Kings men betweensearching for the Holy Grail and defending the Kings rule.Arthur stayed at the casde more often as he felt there wassom ething missing in this search for the truth the Grail wassupposed to offer. Guinevere went to speak to the King becauseshe understood his trouble. , , "Its Lancelot. You have acted unfairly. Until you find him,and peace within yourself, the country will never be united." . , , ^nojfxjuumxc Guinevere s mentioi^ing Lancelots name filled Arthur sheart with feelings of guilt. H e was, so ^verwhe/m«! by thosefeelings that he was finally able to acceptThat this was the truthfor him. .MXimJ. "I have also wronged you. My Queen! I shall ride from thecasde and not return without Lancelot, so that we may beunited again in our love for one another." Arthur called the last o f his men together to ride in searchof the most honoured knight in Camelot, Sir Lancelot. As themen passed a certain tree m a valley, the tree changed intothe "Your o f Morgan Le Fay. M y time is just beginning! form end is near, Arthur. Morgan rose in the air as an eagle, and she flew to Avalonto meet her starving fon. Mordred was hungry because he hadnever met another human, and his mother filled his head with
  • 20. Chapter 9 Chapter 10ideas that he was a great leader whose men W Q u l d follow himto the ends of the earth. His voice was /ou^^^^^ im^fsl:iplln^ Himiiff A r i k i i ras he had never spoken with others. He yelled^tothe s l ^ y ^the eagle approachfed him. "I will die if I do not kill and become King!" ^^^^-^^^^joaifaa J -t g k t s S^/Lorctrut Morgan landed beside the evil person she had created. His Two separate forces inhabited the land of England. Arthur,eyes searched hers like an animals and he breathed heavily /n: iity.mii^MxMi^D^as she spoke in his ear. in the east, fought and won battles to retimte the country. "It is time, Mordred. You shall be King! Climb onto my Mordred, in the west, destroyed whatever stood in his wa^. K ^back and follow me to your glory!" was the two mens d^sti^^^meet. Their batde would determin^^^ the fate^ifEngland. At that moment, it was no longer Morgan, his mother, who A river separated Arthur and Mordreds men as they preparedstood beside him, but a large shining black horse with wings. to face each other. They agreed to fight to the death atMordred mdun^^the animal and let out a sound like no one with the winner taking complete control of the country. Mordred- human or beast - had ever made. It shook the whole island fell asleep that night as his mother was talking to him of hisand Mordred, on his horse, flew over the waves to England to future victory. Arthur slept thinking of not being able to findclaim what he believed was his. Merlin saw all of this, but from a world most people wouldnever know. He had banished himself from the earth by not Lancelot. Arthur dreamed that he saw Lancelot waidng for him. , 1 Sir Gawain was there watching diem. Each time Arthur approachedrespecting the art of magic he had been taught to use wisely. Lancelot, Lancelot moved away, warning the King that they et he knew that Morgan could still hear his voice. He had a , ^oera^tui were being watched. Arthur also saw a woman, running. Hemessage for her, and he was about to deliver it. ran after her, but before he could touch her dress, she flew up into the air, leaving him staring at the empty sky. He saw Merlin s face and he woke up terrified. The woman was not Guinevere, he knew, it, and he began to realise that he had been cruelly Arthur went to where Sir Gawain lay asleep. He woke him, touching him on the ch^irwith Excali|)u^.^ "Sir Gawain, how deep was your jealousy of Sir Lancelot?" Sir Gawain could not move. He was held paralysed by Excaliburs force.
  • 21. Chapter 10 "As deep as my love for you, My King!"^ ^ ^ Aithur lifted the sword and walked^tojJiej^iver bank. A ^^ strip o f golden daylight broke the fionzon.^The sun had risen, and Arthur pro|nj^^ to fight in the name^oj Sfr^Lancelot, a knight whose faith and honour he had jucige^^infairly.««/^ Morgan woke in a place where there was no sun, only clouds of smoke. She called for Mordred; she ran through the smoke, only to find herself again in the same spot, surrounded by the same rising smoke. She tried to change herself into something which would take her away from this awful place, but she could not. Her powers had left her. Merlins voice spoke to her. ^ Hi rCpMtripjUr, _ ^ . "Those who do not respect the magic they practise are condemned to wander worlds where their powers are useless. I see worlds no man or woman could imagine. You will see a world no person would want to." . , . tlfQ-^- As Merlins voice f a d ^ , Morgan realised that she was completely alone - forever. She let out a horrible scream into the emptiness - a scream which only she would hear. Mordred was uneasy without his mother at his side, yet his /d! lal^JACltwpi animal insdncts and his desire for blood led him into batde. The fighting was the most violent England had ever seen. Knights who once had been united now fought each other. Knights on horseback, in the river below, killed each other without feeling. The river turned red with their blood. Mordred fought his way to the other side of the river. Arthur had been,waiting for him. When he saw Mordred approach A"" / ! ! / • • • fnyOiiiuii / him, snarling like a dog, Arthur drew Excalibur. They fought, and though Mordred was trained well, he was no rnatch for King Arthur and Excalibur. His true strength had left him when his mother disappeared!^"
  • 22. o AM C O e A- Arthur stood over Mordreds wounded body, about to putan end to Mordreds evil existence. As he raised Excaliburabove his head, a knight from the batde approached. It wasLancelot, who had returned to defend the King. Arthiu- stoppedand stared. His heart leapt with joy. Mordred quickly pickedup his sword and wounded Arthur deeply in his right side.Arthur took Excalibur and put an end to the ugly life whichwas Mordred, before he himself fell to the ground. "My King, it is I who have injured you. You turned yourhead for my benefit. ^ "Lancelot, Im dying, but there is no better sight than youbefore I do. I ask your forgiveness for not believing in yourloyalty." "You have it and anything else I can offer you." "Take Excalibur to a dark valley far away fi om the kingdom,far from sight and sound. When you reach the crystal lake thatlies in it, throw the sword in its water. I was not the King itwas meant for." " I f that is your wish, it is my command." Lancelot rode through the night. As the sun rose behindthe mountains which surrounded the lake he stood before, hethrew Excalibur into it with all the strength in his body. Ashe watched it fly through the air and into the lake, his eyeswidened as he saw a womans hand reach out of the water tograb its handle. It held it straight above the water for a moment,then pulled it fast below. Lancelot understood then that no man in his lifetime wouldunite all of England. He left the lake hoping that one day oneman would.
  • 23. Word List Word List crowd (v) Chapter 4 thoughtful (adj) disappointed (adj) throw back (threw- endre (adj) accompanied by (adj) thrown) (v) fulfil (v) announce (v) under attack (phr) grab (v) be in agreement (phr) unified (adj) hand (sth to sb) (v) be in need of (phr) unwise (adj) reflection (n) heir to (n) victory (n) Chapter 1 ; expression (n) be overcome by (v) wall (n) respected (v) 1 fall down (fell-fallen) hold ones breath (phr) bride (n) rise (rose-risen) (v) (phr v) in a panic (phr) cape (n)j Your Grace (phr)admire (v) robe (n) ; fool (n) kneel (knelt-knelt) celebrate (v) Your Lordship (phr)a great deal (phr)battle (n) rule (v) furious (adj) (V) celebration (n)deserve (v) stand (v) give birth (to) (idm) knight (n) charmed (adj) Chapter 5divided (adj) stare at (v) give up sb/sth (phr v) lift (v) defeat (v)explode (v) step into (v) grasp (v) magnificence (n) determined (adj) approach (v)feared (adj) sdll (adj) greet (v) master (n) do honour to sb (phr) assiu e (v)light (fought-foiight) stir (v) injured (adj) misplace (v) drawbridge (n) attack (n) (V) surface (n) keep ones promise place (v) equal (v) attack (v) sword (n) (phr) prosperity (n) fair (adj) be at ones servicefilled widi (adj) throughout(prep) keep sb from doing put sth back (put-put) feast (n) (phr)first-born (adj) trust (v) sth (phr) (phr v) give sb cause to do sth brave (adj)handle (n) valley (n) move (v) resdng place (n) (phr) clearing (n)hold stli up (held-held) watch over (phr v) pale (adj) round (n) guard (n) desire (v) (v) wish to do sth (phr) prevent sb from doing ruler (n) hood(n) distrustful (adj)human (adj) sth (phr) nm through (ran-run) in armour (phr) do sb a service (phr)kingdom (n) Chapter 2 rain jxjurs down (expr) (phr v) let sb in (let-let) (phr draw (drew-drawn)land (n) rest(v) serve (v) V) (v)lie (lay-lain) (v)magnificent (adj) against (prep) rise up (phr v) six feet tall (phr) lower (v) favoured (adj)mirror-like (adj) beg (v) scream (v) slave (n) loyal to (adj) feelings (n, pi)ones word of honour call out (phr v) stab (v) step up to (v) loyalty (n) forward (adv) (phr) cast a spell over sb through (prep) suffer (v) noble (adj) helmet (n) (phr) turn to (v) therefore (adv) nod (v) hilltop (n)point ones finger at chamber (n) truly (adv) overtake (overtook- I am honoured (exp) sth (phr) claim (v) Chapter 3 uneasy (adj) overtaken) (v) injustice (n)powerful (adj) come over (aune-come) unite (v) protect (v) just (adj)prove oneself to sb (phr v) be worthy of (phr) whispering (n) refuse (v) knock sb to the ground (phr) crawl (v) blade (n) stand by ones side (phr)puzzled (adj) deathly (adv) broad (adj) (phr) lead (led-led) (v)reach (v) enter (v) compete (v) support (n) marriage (n) 44 45
  • 24. l/l/ord List Word Listnod (n) lightly (adv) foolish (adj) roll (v) undisciplined (adj) fate (n)offer (v) maid (n) force (v) search for (v) unfairly (adv) fight to the deatli (phr)one way or another matter (n) form (n) settle a matter (phr) violent (adj) fly through the air (phr) nobility (n) heal (v) stem (n) wing (n) (phr)on fire (phr) post (n) involvement (n) stolen (adj) within (prep) fly up (v)on ones way to (phr) pure (adj) light (lit-lit) (v) the Holy Grail (n) wrong (v) forgiveness (n)opportunity (n) put trust in sb (phr) on horseback (phr) thunder (n) yell (v) inhabit (v)set (a fire) (set-set) (v) remain (v) possess (v) train (v) instinct (n)set off (phr v) send for sb (sent-sent) possibility (n) traitor (n) Chapter 10 jealousy (n)stand out (stood-stood) (phr v) practise (v) warrior (n) joy (n) (phr v) swordsman (n) punishment (n) awful (adj) judge (v)surrounded (adj) tower (n) reminder (n) Chapter 9 be about to do sth leap (leapt-leapt) (v)tie (v) unwilling (adj) report to (v) (phr) let out (let-let) (phr v)unguarded (adj) virtuous (adj) seat(n) beast (n) be held paralysed by move away (phr v)winding (adj) servant (n) be missing (v) (phr) out of (phr-prep)Your Highness (phr) Chapter 7 shape (n) be overwhelmed (v) be meant for (v) pick up (phr v) take a step (phr) break up (broke- benefit (n) put an end to (phr) Chapter 6 admit (v) temporarily (adj) broken) (phr v) be no match for sb reach (v) banish sb from (v) turn into (phr v) breathe (v) (phr) realise (v)ambition (n) be torn between (phr) wipe (v) defend (v) blood (n) reunite (v)attend to (v) blind (v) deliver (v) chest (n) run after (phr v)be direct with sb (phr) by the hand (phr) Chapter 8 fly over (flew-flown) command (n) sight (n)be knighted (v) cheek (n) (V) condemn to (v) snarl (v)be moved by (v) circle (v) absence (n) glory (n) cruelly (adv) spot (n)betray (v) concentrate on (v) be seated (v) guilt (n) dawn (n) strip (n)design (v) create (v) blinding (adj) land (v) daylight (n) take control of (phr)discuss (v) destroy (v) carry out (phr v) mention (v) deceive (v) terrified (adj)duties (n, pi) devote to (v) disobey (v) mount (v) destiny (n) turn ones head (phr)embarrassment (n) disgrace (n) fantasy (n) rough (adj) determine (v) wonder (v)equal (adj) disharmony (n) golden (adj) rule (n) emptiness (n) warn (v)establish (v) disloyalty (n) gradually (adv) starving (adj) existence (n) wounded (adj)for (conj) distance (n) insist (v) to the ends of the earth face (v)gain the trust (phr) dive (v) lack of faith (phr) (phr) fade (v)game piece (n) do harm (phr) lips (n)grace (n) dust (n) new-born (adj)grateful (adj) eagle (n) observe (v)in harmony (phr) evil (adj) raise sb (v)in private (phr) falcon (n) reflect (v) A6 47
  • 25. (iKiiijjiJar • Will Uther keep his proviise (uid f^ite his sun to Merlin? • Who will be the one to pull KxcdlUmr on! of the rock and become the ruler who will inn/e Engkind? • Is love enough to beat hatred and stive Arthur and Iji7icelots friendship? • Will Morgan Le Fays evil plans snrreedl • Will peace ever return to England? COMPONENTS: • Reader 1 T. • Activity Book Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 LovoM Lovol5 • Teachers Book • Cassettes - Audio CD rISBN-13: 978-1-84216r850-9ISBN-10: 1-84216-850-9 Express Puhlishinj»