Sir Kay

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Sir Kay, son of Sir Ector, was one of the Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur's foster brother. In Welsh his name was Cai, and in Latin Caius/Gaius. He is sometimes known as Sir Kay the Tall for his stature.

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, with the help of Sir Bedivere and King Arthur, he helped kill the Giant of Mont Saint Michel. In the Welsh story Culhwch and Olwen, after he slew Dillus Farfawg, Arthur composed an englyn that satirized his follower, which led to a permanent break between Kay and Arthur.

Stories vary in how they depict his character: some picture him as Arthur's honorable and faithful steward, others describe him as mean spirited or even traitorous. It is not known for certain how he died, but some accounts involve the battle against Mordred and some blame Gwyddawg.

One of the earliest knights in the stories of King Arthur, he is linked to the real-life Lord of Caer Goch.

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