Howard Pyle's King
Arthur and his Knights
PART III. The Winning of a Queen
So, having told you how King Arthur obtained that very excellent sword, Excalibur, for a weapon of defence, I shall now presently recount sundry other noble
and knightly adventures whereby he won for himself a most beautiful and gentle lady for
For, though all the world is very well acquainted with the renown of that perfectly
gracious dame, the Lady Guinevere, yet I do not think that the whole story of those
adventures by the which King Arthur won her good favor hath everyet been told.
So as the matter hereinafter to be related contains not only the narrative of that
afair, but also the account of a certain enchanted disguise which King Arthur
his purposes, as well as sundry adventures of very knightly daring which he undertook, I
have great hope that he who reads what I have written shall find it both an agreeable and
an entertaining history.