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Round Table

In the legend of King Arthur, the round table was a mystical table around which King Arthur and his knights sit to discuss the stately matters of Camelot and its environs.

Many different stories account for its origin: everything from an enchantment of Merlin to a gift from some unknown duke.

Giving a reasonable amount of space for each knight at this table, its circumference would have to be so large that no one person could see the person on the opposite side of the table. However, at a round table, no one person is at the front. Thus, there is no "leader" as there were at so many other medieval tables. This is just one of the many examples of fantastic imagery used in the legend.

However, one could begin to infer importance by the number of seats removed one was from the king. For example, it might have been of higher status to sit beside the king rather than five or ten seats away.



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