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A portrait of Sir Galahad by George Frederick Watts.
A portrait of Sir Galahad by George Frederick Watts.

Sir Galahad is a knight of King Arthur's Round Table and one of the three achievers of the Holy Grail in Arthurian legend. He is the bastard son of Sir Lancelot and Elaine of Carbonek, and is renowned for his gallantry and purity. He is perhaps the knightly embodiment of Jesus in the Arthurian legends. He first appears in the Lancelot-Grail cycle, and his story is taken up in later works such as the Post-Vulgate Cycle and Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Galahad is the son of Lancelot and a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. ... Image File history File links Please see the file description page for further information. ... George Frederic Watts, as depicted in a biography available from Project Gutenberg Hope painted in 1885 and given to the nation in 1897 George Frederic Watts (23 February 1817 - 1 July 1904; sometimes spelt George Frederick Watts) was a popular English Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement. ... For the film, see Knights of the Round Table (film). ... For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... King Arthur presides the Round Table. ... For other uses, see Holy Grail (disambiguation). ... The Matter of Britain is a name given collectively to the legends that concern the Celtic and legendary history of the British Isles, centering around King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. ... For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation) and Sir Lancelot (disambiguation). ... Elaine (a form of Helen) is a name shared by several different characters in Arthurian Legend. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... The Lancelot-Grail, also known as the prose Lancelot, the Vulgate Cycle, or the Pseudo-Map Cycle, is a major source of Arthurian legend. ... The Post-Vulgate Cycle is one of the major Old French prose cycles of Arthurian literature. ... Sir Thomas Malory (c. ... The Last Sleep of Arthur by Edward Burne-Jones Le Morte dArthur (spelled Le Morte Darthur in the first printing and also in some modern editions, Middle French for la mort dArthur, the death of Arthur) is Sir Thomas Malorys compilation of some French and English Arthurian...

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Galahad's career

Galahad's conception comes about when Elaine, daughter of the Grail King Pelles, uses magic to trick Lancelot into thinking she is Guinevere. They sleep together, but on discovering what has transpired, Lancelot abandons Elaine and returns to Arthur's court. Galahad is placed in the care of his great aunt, the abbess at a nunnery, and is raised there. "Galahad" was Lancelot's original name, but it had been changed when he was a child. Merlin prophesies that Galahad would surpass his father in valor and be successful in his search for the Holy Grail. It is also interesting to note that Galahad's maternal grandfather Pelles is generally considered to be a descendent of Joseph of Arimathea's brother-in-law Bran (whose line was entrusted with the grail by Joseph), making him matrilineally Jewish. King Pelles is the name of the Maimed King in some versions of the Arthurian legend. ... For other uses, see Guinevere (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Merlin (disambiguation). ... King Pelles is the name of the Maimed King in some versions of the Arthurian legend. ... Joseph of Arimathea by Pietro Perugino. ...


Upon reaching adulthood, Galahad is reunited with his father, who knights him. He is then brought to King Arthur's court at Camelot during Pentecost. Without realizing the danger he was putting himself in, Sir Galahad walks over to the Round Table amidst the revelry and takes his seat at the Siege Perilous. This place had been kept vacant for the sole person who would accomplish the quest of the Holy Grail; for anyone else sitting there, it would prove to be immediately fatal. Sir Galahad survives the event, witnessed by King Arthur and his knights. The king then asks the young knight to perform a test which involves pulling a sword from a stone. This he accomplishes with ease, and King Arthur swiftly proclaims Sir Galahad to be the greatest knight in the world. He is promptly invited to join the Order of the Round Table, and after an ethereal vision of the Holy Grail, the quest to find the famous object is set. This article is about the mythical castle. ... … The Descent of the Holy Spirit in a 15th century illuminated manuscript. ... For other uses, see Siege Perilous (disambiguation). ...


In Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, Galahad's incredible prowess and fortune in the quest for the Holy Grail are traced back to his piety. According to the legend, only pure knights may achieve the Grail. While in a general sense, this "purity" refers to chastity, Galahad appears to have lived a sinless life, and so as a result, lives and thinks on a level entirely apart from the other knights of the legend.


Despite, and perhaps because of his sinless nature, Galahad as a character seems inhuman. He defeats rival knights apparently without effort, speaks little to his fellow knights, and leads his companions to the Grail with a relentless determination. So of the three who undertake the quest for the Grail (Bors, Perceval, and Galahad), Galahad is the one who actually achieves it. When he does, he is taken up into heaven like the biblical patriarch Enoch or the prophet Elijah, leaving his companions behind. In Arthurian Legend, Sir Bors was a Knight of the Round Table. ... Percival or Perceval is one of King Arthurs legendary Knights of the Round Table. ... Enoch (Hebrew: חֲנוֹךְ; Tiberian: , Standard: ) is a name occurring twice in the generations of Adam. ... Elijah, 1638, by José de Ribera This article is about the prophet in the Hebrew Bible. ...


Galahad in popular culture

In 1949 Galahad was featured in his own Columbia serial, played by George Reeves, the future Superman. It was the first, and only, Arthurian film serial. However Galahad has fared less well in other cinematic retellings of the Matter of Britain. In Knights of the Round Table and Merlin he is only shown as a child, (though he is destined to find the Grail after the action of each film); and is left out of Excalibur and Camelot altogether. Galahad had a minor part in King Arthur, as an adult but not as the son of Lancelot. George Reeves (January 5,[1] 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman and his controversial death at the age of 45. ... This article is about the television series. ... Knights of the Round Table is a 1953 historical film made by MGM. Directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman, it was the first film in Cinemascope made by that studio. ... Merlin is a 3 hour made-for-television movie released in 1998 that retells the famous legend of King Arthur from the perspective of the wizard Merlin. ... Excalibur is a 1981 film which retells the legend of King Arthur. ... Camelot is the 1967 film version of the successful musical of the same name. ... King Arthur is a film first released in the United States on June 28, 2004, dubbed as The Untold True Story That Inspired The Legend by Touchstone Pictures. ...


Perhaps his most notable film appearance was being portrayed by Michael Palin in the satirical Arthurian film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, when, while following a vision of the Grail, he is trapped in a castle of beautiful maidens eager to seduce him. But his chastity is saved when other knights, led by Lancelot, "rescue" him against his will. As they leave the castle, the miffed Galahad says to Lancelot, in a typical out-of-context remark, "I bet you're gay!" Lancelot casually denies the charge. At the end of the film, Galahad is thrown into the Gorge of Eternal Peril, for giving the wrong answer to a "question" about his favorite color ("Blue... No! Ye-" - he is cast off before he can complete his changed answer to "yellow"). In the 2005 Broadway musical adaptation of the film, Spamalot, his character is combined with another character whom Palin played in the film, Dennis the Politically active peasant. In the musical, this character is called Sir Dennis Galahad the Dashingly Handsome after he is knighted by King Arthur in Act 1. He was played by Christopher Sieber in the original Broadway cast, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance. Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. ... For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation) and Sir Lancelot (disambiguation). ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... The Gorge of Eternal Peril was featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, past which King Arthur and his knights would supposedly reach the Holy Grail. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Monty Pythons Spamalot is a comedic musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975). ... Christopher Sieber (born February 18, 1969 in St. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


Galahad remains a medieval knight, albeit in a modern setting, as "Galaad, Knight of the Table Round" in the Neil Gaiman short story "Chivalry". He shows up at the door of one Mrs. Whitaker, who had recently bought the Holy Grail for thirty pence at a junk shop, and offers her various precious items for it, eventually succeeding in obtaining it. Neil Richard Gaiman (IPA: ) (born November 10, 1960[2]) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ...


Galahad appeared as a villain in the Grant Morrison work The Shining Knight in his Seven Soldiers series where he is called both Galahad the Giant Killer and Galahad the Perfect Knight. He was brought under the control of the series main antagonists, the Sheeda, and fought against Sir Justin the Shining Knight. Galahad was the subject of a song by Rick Wakeman and is used as a metaphor in a song by Joan Baez ("Sweet Sir Galahad"), and is mentioned in the song "Tin Man" by the band America. Galahad is also the name of a lager produced by well known German retailer Aldi. Galahad also is one of the Knights of the Round Table portrayed in the computer game Runescape. During the quest known as "The Holy Grail", he provides the player with a special item that allows a person to eventually find the grail. The Mega Drive/Genesis version of the computer game Leander is known as Legend of Galahad. Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... The Seven Soldiers of Victory (also known as Laws Legionaires) is a team of comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ... Shining Knight is the name of three fictional superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. ... This article is about the American rock band. ... RuneScape is a Java-based MMORPG operated by Jagex Ltd. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... Leander is a computer game that runs on the Commodore Amiga published by Psygnosis. ... The Legend of Galahad is a platform game released for the Sega Mega Drive. ...


See also

‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... The Arthurian legend featured many characters, whose names often differed from version to version, and language to language. ... For other uses, see King Arthur (disambiguation). ... Sir Ector (sometimes Hector, Antor, or Ectorius) is the father of Sir Kay and the foster father of King Arthur in the Arthurian legend. ... For other uses, see Guinevere (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Merlin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Mordred (disambiguation). ... Morgan le Fay, by Anthony Frederick Sandys (1829 - 1904), 1864 (Birmingham Art Gallery): A spell-brewing Morgaine distinctly of Tennysons generation Morgan le Fay, alternatively known as Morgaine, Morgain, Morgana and other variants, is a powerful sorceress and sometime antagonist of King Arthur and Guinevere in the Arthurian legend. ... In Arthurian legend, Morgause or Morgase (also known as Anna-Morgause or Ann-Morgause) is the half-sister of King Arthur who slept with him and produced Mordred, the incestuous heir that would lead to Camelots downfall. ... Uther Pendragon (French: Uter Pendragon; Welsh: Wthyr Bendragon, Uthr Bendragon, Uthyr Pendraeg) is a legendary king of sub-Roman Britain and the father of King Arthur. ... For the film, see Knights of the Round Table (film). ... King Arthur presides the Round Table. ... Sir Agravain or Sir Agravaine was a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. ... How Sir Bedivere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water. ... In Arthurian Legend, Sir Bors was a Knight of the Round Table. ... Sir Calogrenant, sometimes known in English as Colgrevance, is a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. ... Gaheris is a figure of Arthurian legend, a knight of the Round Table, and a son of Morgause and King Lot of Orkney and Lothian. ... For other uses, see Gareth (disambiguation). ... Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Gawain (Gwalchmei, Gawan, Gauvain, Walewein etc. ... Geraint, with his wife Enid, from The Idylls of the King Geraint is a character from Welsh folklore and Arthurian legend, a king of Dumnonia and a valiant warrior. ... Sir Kay, son of Sir Ector, was one of the Knights of the Round Table and King Arthurs foster brother. ... Sir Lamorak was the son of King Pellinore and the brother of Sir Tor, Sir Aglovale, Sir Dornar, Sir Percival, and Dindrane. ... For other uses, see Lancelot (disambiguation) and Sir Lancelot (disambiguation). ... Palamedes, (also called Palamede, Palomides or some other variant) was a Knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. ... Percival or Perceval is one of King Arthurs legendary Knights of the Round Table. ... Sir Sagramore is a Knight of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend. ... This article is about the Knight of the Round Table. ... Ywain rescues the lion Sir Ywain (also called Owain, Yvain, Ewain or Uwain) is a Knight of the Round Table and the son of King Urien in Arthurian legend. ... For other uses, see Excalibur (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Holy Grail (disambiguation). ... King Arthur presides the Round Table. ... The following is a list and assessment of sites and places associated with King Arthur and the Arthurian legend in general. ... For other uses, see Avalon (disambiguation). ... This article is about the mythical castle. ... Corbenic (also Carbonek and Corbin) is the name of the castle of the Holy Grail in the Lancelot-Grail cycle and Thomas Malorys Le Morte dArthur. ... The Arthurian legend is one of the most popular literary subjects of all time, and has been adapted numerous times in every form of media. ... This is a list of books about King Arthur, or his related world, family, friends or enemies. ... Films based on the Arthurian legend are many and varied. ...

External links

  • Biography of Sir Galahad from Early British Kingdoms
  • The full text of the poem Sir Galahad

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Galahad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (384 words)
Sir Galahad is a knight of King Arthur's Round Table and one of the three achievers of the Holy Grail in Arthurian legend.
Galahad is placed in the care of his great aunt, the abbess at a nunnery, and is raised there.
Merlin prophesies that Galahad would surpass his father in valor and be successful in his achievement of the Holy Grail.
Galahad (207 words)
He is the only one capable of sitting in the Siege Perilous and he can withdraw a sword, fixed by Merlin long ago, from a block of stone.
Galahad is named first in the Vulgate Cycle though foreshadowed in the Perlesvaus.
Galahad has many adventures on the Quest, finally attaining his vision in Sarras and dying.
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