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Sir Lancelot stares down Sir Turquine by N. C. Wyeth

Sir Turquine was a knight that hated Knights of the Round Table, so he defeated them in battle and threw them into prison at his Northern manor in the Impenetrable Forest.

For twelve years, he kept a bronze bowl hanging from a lone tree by an important river crossing and passing knights would use it as a bell to summon him into combat with them. Turquine would always win, of course. The knight would be imprisoned and his shield hung on the tree as a warning to others.

Turquine amassed quite a collection until he made Sir Ector de Maris and Sir Lionel his inmates. They were both relatives of Sir Lancelot of the Lake, and he came looking for them.

When Lancelot eventually discovered his brother's jailer, he engaged him in single combat for over two hours. Turquine was so impressed by his unknown assailant's military skill that he offered to end the fight and release all his prisoners for him, with the one condition that he was not the knight whom he hated above all others. This knight, of course, turned out to be Lancelot, because he had killed Turquine's brother. The two therefore fought on until Lancelot finally struck Turquine down. It was considered one of Lancelot's most challenging battles.

Thomas Malory writes in Le Morte d’Arthur that in adition to Sir Ector and Sir Lionel, Turquine imprisoned Sir Kay, and at least eight others were Knights of the Round Table.

In The Once and Future King Turquine's count on prisoners was 64 knights, including Sir Lionel.

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