Black Knight (Arthurian legend)

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The Black Knight is the name of a variety of characters, as comes with naming anyone a knight of a common color. First and foremost he is mentioned as a knight who tied his wife to a tree after hearing she had exchanged rings with Perceval. Perceval defeated the Black Knight and explained that it was an innocent exchange.

He is also the son of Tom a'Lincoln and Anglitora, grandson of King Arthur. He killed his mother after hearing from his father's ghost that she had killed him. He later joined the Faerie Knight, his half-brother, in adventures.

A Black Knight is also mentioned as being killed by Gareth when he was traveling to rescue Lyonesse.

Another Black Knight named Orgoglio (Pride) appeared in The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, whom Prince Arthur kills after first severing his arms and legs. This Black Knight was undoubtedly the source for the character of the same name in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

See also: List of Arthurian Characters

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