Forgive me, my fellows at the table, for having such a delay in mine words. Had I known of the fall of a man such as Launcelot earlier, I would have made haste to this fine hall and defended the man to my own last breath!I hear grumblings of discontent when that man’s name be spoken of, and I cannot understand why. Are thee not men of honor and of tradition? Is that not why we gather here, to honor ourselves and others that live as we would? Or is this hall a place where we allow cravens such as Merlin to come and take the glory of a man such as Arthur as his own credit? Nay, I say, this hall is meant for men such as Launcelot.
What crime did Launcelot commit to deserve such scorn from his fellows? Were it not the word of the bard that told this tale to us that love were different in the day of Launcelot? Some of ye may say that Launcelot dishonored his king by taking the Queen as his own lover. I do not think this is something of dishonor. In my day, a king would shower those men most loyal to him in gifts that reminded those men of their service! Surely you all recall mine own story, and of the gifts I received for my deeds, and the gifts I gave to those men who swore themselves to my name. Could it be that Launcelot were given Guinevere in return for his service to his king?
Would that I may speak to Launcelot upon this matter, and another. Launcelot need not fled from his land and from his countrymen. Launcelot, being the truest of warriors, should have stayed in England! Aye, he should have stayed and fought those swine that dishonored his name and proven himself to his king as he had once before! Why do none of ye cry out at Mordred for his crime of incest? Mordred shared blood with the queen, and yet the good Launcelot did not. Mordred should be the one ye punish with thy words!