Lady of the Lake

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Lady of the Lake,

in Arthurian legendArthurian legend,
the mass of legend, popular in medieval lore, concerning King Arthur of Britain and his knights. Medieval Sources

The battle of Mt. Badon—in which, according to the Annales Cambriae (c.
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, a misty, supernatural figure endowed with magic powers, who gave the sword ExcaliburExcalibur
, in Arthurian legend, sword given to King Arthur by the Lady of the Lake. At Arthur's death Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur into the lake; a hand rose from the water, caught the sword, and disappeared.
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 to King Arthur. She inhabited a castle in an underwater kingdom. According to one legend she kidnapped the infant Launcelot and brought him to her castle where he lived until manhood. She has been identified variously with Morgan le Fay and Vivien. The poem The Lady of the Lake, by Sir Walter Scott, is based on a totally different legend.
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17r]), he finds his like among exemplary figures of antiquity ("Non minor Aenea pietate et laude; negatur / Cedere Pompilio relligione Numae" [Not less than Aeneas in piety and praise; he yields not to Numa Pompilius in religion; 125-26, fol.
Numae), quia non exstat alius, falso Samium Pythagoram edunt, quem Seruio Tullio regnante Romae centum amplius post annos in ultima Italiae ora circum Metapontum Heracleamque et Crotonem iuuenum aemulantium studia coetus habuisse constat.