The Old-World Charm of the Legendary Round Table
The fabled Round Table of King Arthur was iconic for the equality of status of the Arthurian Knights who congregated around it. Significant in its symbolism, the Winchester Round Table first made its place in the 1155 description by Wace in his Roman de Brut. According to him, it was King Arthur's solution for meting out equality of position among his Knights. After the violent tiff at a Yuletide feast, the famous Table was constructed without head by a Cornish carpenter to establish peace across Britain. Approximately around the 12th century, the grand Table came to be held synonymous with the chivalric order of the Knights of Arthur's court. The passage of time has only added to the enormous value of this legendary piece of furniture and today the Round Table acrylic fridge magnet is a readily available souvenir that can recreate the true blood British charm for your household.
The Round Table throughout History
The Round Table has made repeated appearances in famous historic pieces like Layamon's Brut of the 13th century as well as other interesting works like Robert de Boron's Merlin. In the latter, the Arthurian legend blends with the Biblical notions of the Holy Grail and the Last Supper table. Apart from the twelve seats, the empty space representing the betrayal of Judas is supposed to belong to the Knight who will seek out the Holy Grail. In Perceval the knight Percival begins the Grail quest while in the 13th century prose cycles Percival is replaced by the knight Galahad.
The Winchester Round Table had been the centre of various tournaments in the Middle Ages known as 'Round Tables'. Most of the time, these tournaments were organized for celebrating knighting, betrothals and feasts by royal personas.