ТЕКСТ УРОВНЯ INTERMEDIATE
Серия данных публикаций позволяет расширить словарный запас учащихся. Передовые школы и педагоги пользуются данными сборниками по чтению при подготовке к ОГЭ и ЕГЭ по английскому языку. Все тексты адаптированы и легки для чтения. После каждой главы следуют задания, которые очень интересны.
Конечно, это сокращенный вариант текстов. Но удовольствия при чтении они доставляют ни чуть не меньше.
Отлично подойдет тем, кто работает репетитором или ведет кружки и факультативы.
Then King arthur spoke to his
they sat at their table.
'Promise nqver to act unfairly.
Promise al"'ays show mercy to
those who askfor it. Behave well tÒwards women. Don'tfight
ivithoutgood reason orfor money andgov. Ifyog break yourpromise, you will
lose your place at the Round iwble.
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книги и учебные пособия, рассчитанные на пять этапов изучения английского
языка: Elementary (для начинающих), PreIntermediate (для продолжающих первого
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(для продолжающих третьего уровня) и Advanced (для совершенствующихся).
оформление А. М Шагового
Легенды о короле Артуре / адаптация
текста, предисловие, Л38 коммент., упражнения, словарь Е. Г. Вороновой. — М.:
Айрис-пресс, 2008. — 64 с.. ил. — (Английский клуб). — (Домашнее чтение).
Небольшие по объему легенды о короле
Артуре можно использовать для чтения и обсуждения в рамках одного
академического часа на уроках в школе и для самостоятельного чтения дома.
Тексты рассказов адаптированы в учебных целях до уровня Pre-lntermediate и сопровождаются
комментарием, а также заданиями для отработки и закрепления навыков владения
грамматическим и лексическим материалом. Данный сборник может стать незаменимым
помощником преподавателя при подготовке экзаменационного материала по чтению.
Книга адресована учащимся средних и старших классов школ, лицеев и
Уровень адаптации позволяет
испольјовать книгу для самостоятельного чтения студентам неязыковых вузов и
взрослым читателям, изучающим или изучавшим английский язык, которым необходима
Артур и его рыцари — самые известные персонажи
Британской истории. О рыцарях Круглого стола написаны поэмы, картины, романы,
созданы фильмы и мюзиклы. О короле Артуре был даже сделан диснеевский
мультфильм. Сегодня король Артур стал символом мужества, силы и благородства.
История о короле Артуре
и его рыцарях очень старая. Говорят, что между 400 и 600 годами нашей эры в
Британии жил король, который успешно сражался с саксонцами. Возможно, это и был
король Артур. Возможно, он жил в Уэльсе или где-то на западе Англии.
На самом деле, никто точно не знает, кем он был. По
легенде, король Артур правил страной вместе с королевой Гвенивер. У него было
около 150 рыцарей в Камелоте. Он выбирал их за благородство и храбрость.
Волшебник Мерлин был его близким другом и советником. Артур был хорошим
королем, и его правление было временем мира для Британии.
О короле Артуре
существует много легенд и мало исторических фактов. В Средневековье о нем было
написано много легенд — многие рассказы очень не похожи друг на друга, так как
каждый автор пытался сделать истории более интересными. В то время люди очень
интересовались магией, рыцарями и их дамами . Поэтому герои легенд часто
сражаются на мечах и пользуются магией в этих рассказах. Истории о короле
Артуре полны героических деяний, приключений, любви и ненависти.
king Arthur and his
knights are the most famous characters from British history. They аге
well-known all over the world. There аге poems, paintings, novels, fllms and
musicals about the knights ofthe Round Table. Even а Disney cartoon about king
Arthur, 'The Sword in the Stone', was produced. Nowadays he has Ьесоте the
symbol ofcourage, strength and goodness.
about King Arthur and his knights is very old. They say that there was a king
in Britain between the years of 400 and 600. He fought the Saxons successfully
and perhaps he was Arthur. It is quite possible that he lived in Wales or in
the west of England.
nobody exactly knows who he was. According to legend, King Arthur ruled Britain
with his beautiful queen Guinevere. He had about 150 knights at his court at
Camelot. He chose them for their goodness and bravery. An old magician Merlin
was his close friend and adviser. Arthur was a good king and his reign was a
time of peace for the British.
There are many legends about him
and few facts. Many poems were written about them in the Middle Ages and later.
Not every book about King Arthur and his knights has the same people and
stories in it. Writers tried to make the stories more interesting and more
exciting. At that time people were interested in magic, knights and their
ladies. So people fight with swords and use magic in these stories. The stories
of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table are full of heroic deeds, adventure,
love and hate.
THE SWORD IN
Many years ago, there lived a great
and noble king Uther Pendragon. He ruled the country wisely and brought peace
to England. He had an adviser Merlin, who made powerful magic.
Uther married beautiful lgraine and
soon the king's son was born. Soon after he was born, Merlin came to the king
with terrible news.
said Merlin, 'I can see into the future. soon, you will become ill and
you will die. It will be a terrible time. There will be great wars in Britain.
Your son will be in danger because your enemies will want to kill him. Let me
take him away. He will live in a secret place there until he becomes a man.'
Lither and [graine got very unhappy but
they believed Merlin.
'Take our child
to a safe place,' said King Uther. 'He must be out of danger. '
So, one dark night, Merlin took the baby away. He
brought him to the castle ofa good knight Sir Hector. The knight promised to
take good care of the baby. Merlin told Sir Hector to name the baby Arthur.
Soon the king fell ill and died.
The next sixteen years were terrible. There were many wais. Many castles and
villages were burnt. The people needed a strong ruler to bring peace to
that it was time to reveal his secret. He went to London with a message for the
Archbishop. Lords and ladies from all over the land came to hear what Merlin
had to say.
'I have great
news,' said Merlin. 'This land will soon have a new king. He will be wiser and
nobler than Uther Pendragon. The new king will bring peace to this land. There
will be no war and hunger in England.'
Merlin told the
Archbishop to gather all the knights in the biggest church.
When the knights arrived, they saw a
great stone outside. A shining sword was buried deep in it. On the stone, they
saw the words written in gold letters:
' Whoever pulls this
sword out of the stone is the rightful king of Britain.
All the knights tried to pull the sword
out of the stone. They pulled it with all their might, but no one could do
The Archbishop decided to send
messenger; across the land. 'You will tell our people about a tournament on New
Year's Day. Everyone can try to pull the sword out of the stone,' the
On the day ofthe tournament, knights came
from every part of England. Among them was Sir Hector with his son Kay and
Arthur who was eighteen years old. When they were in one of the London streets,
Kay suddenly cried:
'I have left my sword at home!'
Arthur rode back to bring it, but the
gates were locked and no one was at home.
'What can I do?'
Arthur thought. 'l have an idea. In one of the London churchyards, I saw a
sword in the stone. I'll bring it to my brother. '
Then Arthur rode
quickly to London, came into the churchyard and easily pulled the sword out
ofthe stone. Arthur knew nothing about the sword and the importance of his
Kay looked at the sword and gave it to Sir Hector.
'Father, here is the sword out of the
stone. I must be the rightful king of Britain!'
'Have you done it yourself, my son?'
'l am sorry, my father. It was not me. It was Arthur.
He has given the sword to me.'
'Where did you get it from, Arthur?' asked Sir Hector.
'I pulled it out ofthe stone in the chumhyald, ' answeœd Arthur.
Sir Hector, Kay and
Arthur rode back to the churchyard. All knights watched in surprise when Arthur
pushed the sword into the stone. Then they tried to pull the sword out ofthe
stone but couldn 't do it. Then Arthur came to the stone and quickly pulled it out.
The sword shone brightly in Arthur's
hand. Britain had a new king!
Helpful Words & Notes
Merlin — MepJIMH;
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npeAaHHHM, npocnaBMJICH YMeHHeM npencKa3b1BaTb 6yayruee
Sir — C3p; B BeJIHK06PHTaHHH THTYJI, rlPeameCTBYK)L11HM
HMeHH PHuapeii to reveal a secret — paCKPb1Tb ceKpeT
Archbishop — apxnenncKon; cTap111MiÍ eryncK0TI
(gepK0ßHoe 3gaHue) to gather all the knights — c06paTb Bcex pbluapeii the
rightm — 3aKOHHb1iÍ KOPOJIb with all their might — co Bceü CWIH
importance of his actions — BaXHOCTb ero neiácTBHii
1)Who was Arthur's father?
2)Who could make magic?
b)a noble king Uther
c)an adviser Merlin
3)Who did Arthur live with before he became a man?
4)Where was the stone with the sword?
a)in the church
b)in the churchyard
c)in the castle
5)What sword did Arthur bring to Kay?
a)his own sword
b)the sword from the stone
6)Why couldn't the knights pull the sword out of the stone?
a)They were not strong.
b)They didn't want it.
c)None of them was the rightful king of Britain.
7)Who pulled the sword out of the stone?
c) the rightful king of Britain
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Arthur wanted to have a castle for his court. He asked Merlin to make a strong
castle on the top of the hill. Merlin made magic and a week later the king, his
helpers and servants came to live in Camelot castle.
It was a real
wonder. The castle was big and white with wonderful towers. Inside there was
the Great Hall, the Dining Hall, the kitchen and the rooms of all Arthur's
Then came time
when King Arthur decided to marry. He asked his good friend Merlin for his
'A king should
have a wife. The kingdom needs a queen. Is there any lady that you love?' said
'Yes, the lady
Guinevere, the daughter of King Leodegrance. I love her, the most beautiful
lady in the world. Will you go to her father and tell him that I want to marry
King Leodegrance was happy to hear the news.
'This is the best
news I have heard!' he said. 'I am proud that such a noble and brave king as
King Arthur wants to marry' my daughter. I will send him a present — the great
Round Table. Arthur's father gave it to me many years ago. One hundred and
fifty knights can sit around it. I hope Arthur will like it.'
And so Merlin returned to King Arthur's castle with Guinevere
and the Round Table. King Leodegrance also sent one hundred knights to serve
Arthur and take place at the Round Table.
King Arthur was
very happy to see Guinevere in his castle. He also asked Merlin to choose fifty
noble knights forthe Round Table. In a short time, Merlin found forty-six ofthe
bravest knights in Britain.
Soon the wedding day came and the Archbishop came to
Camelot to marry King Arthur and Lady Guinevere. All the people of the kingdom
were invited to the wedding party.
After the wedding
service, Althur asked the Archbishop to bless each seat at the Round Table.
Then the knights took their seats at the Round Table but four seats were empty.
When Arthur and Guinevere came into the hall, Merlin asked the knights to stand
and bow to their King and Queen. As the knights did so, gold letters appeared
on each chair. Each chair had the name of the knight who sat on it.
'Let me tell you the wonders of
the Round Table,' said Merlin. 'At this table all men are equal — no one sits
at the head. When
a knight is killed in the battle, a new knight will take his place. His name
will also be written on the chair. The names of all knights who sit at King
Arthur's table will live on forever.'
'But what about the empty seats?' asked King Arthur.
'One place is
for the Black Knight,' said Merlin. 'You will soon meet him in a fight. Then
he'll take his place at this table. Two more are for the brave knights who have
not come yet. This one is the Perilous Seat. The best knight must take it. '
listened to Merlin carefully and no one asked him who the best knight was. Then
King Arthur spoke to his knights as they sat at their table.
' Promise never to act unfairly.
Promise always to show mercy to those who ask for it. Behave well towards
women. Don't fight without good reason or for money and gold. If you break your
promise, you will lose your place at the Round Table.'
Round Table — KpyrJ1b1M CTOJI•,
rmpu_reCTBeHHHiÍ CTOJI KOPOJIB Aprypa M ero H36PaHHOä
pb1uapcK0ü APPKHHb1, CHMBOJI 6narop0AHoro 6paTCTBa
H Pb1UaPCTBeHHOrO noBeaeHHH the wedding day — aeHb CBaAb6b1 to bless each
seat — 6JrarOCJIOBHTb Kaxnoe MecTO all men are equal — BCe PaBHb1
to show mercy — MHJ10cepAHe
CKa3aJ1 caeayoruee? CoeAHHwre BMR nepcoHaxa c ero CJIOBaMH.
King Promise never to act unfairly. Promise always
Leodegranceto show mercy to those who ask for it.
King Arthur I am proud that
such a noble and brave king wants to marry my daughter.
king should have a wife. The kingdom needs a queen. 12
npea.noxeHH* no nopu»w.
made magic and a week later King Arthur and his knights came to live in
The wedding day came.
blessed each seat at the Round Table and gold letters appeared on each chair.
Merlin returned to
King Arthur's castle with Guinevere, the Round Table and one hundred knights. Knights
promised never to act unfairly and fight without good reason.
King Arthur decided to marry Guinevere.
l) Why did King Arthur want to have a castle? 2) Why did King
Arthur choose the city of Camelot?
3)Why did King Arthur decide to marry Guinevere?
4)Why was King Leodegrance happy when he heard that King Arthur
wanted to marry his daughter?
5)Why did King Leodegrance send King Arthur the Round Table?
6)Why were there empty seats at the Round Table? 7) Why was the
Perilous Seat empty?
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l) King Arthur wanted to have a castle for
2)He asked his good friend Merlin for
3)Will you go to her father and tell him that I want to
4)I am proud that such awants to marry my daughter.
5)Merlin returned with Guinevere, the Round Table and
6)He also asked Merlin to choose fifty noble knights for
7)The wedding day came and the Archbishop came to
8)Then the knights took their seats at the Round Table but
had the name ofthe knight who
this table all men are equal — no one sits at
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OTPHUarreJIbHHMM H 3ameM aaüme 11PaBHJ1bHb1A Bapwwr.
lUther Pendragon made powerful magic.
2)Merlin took the baby to the castle of King Leodegrance.
3)When the knights came to the church, they saw a shining sword in
4)Kay and Arthur were brothers.
5)Merlin tried to pull the sword form the stone.
6)Kay pulled the sword from the stone.
7)King Arthur married Igraine.
8)Sir Hector gave King Arthur the Round Table as a
9)Two hundred knights could sit at the Round Table. 10) Each seat had
the name of King Arthur written on it.
Soon King Arthur heard about the Black
Knight. He lived in the nearest forest and was one of the strongest men in
Britain. He had fights with all the knights who were going through the forest.
He was always the winner and killed a lot of them!
King Arthur decided to meet the Black
Knight and talk to him. So he put on his armour and rode into the forest. He
took Merlin with him who was the wisest man in the country.
They were going through the forest and
suddenly saw a shield in the tree. There were some words on it:
this way will meet his death!'
King Arthur struck the shield hard. A
moment later he saw the Black Knight in black armour on a black horse.
03HaK0MwreAb1--ra¶ do you stop
everybody who goes through the forest?' asked King Arthur.
'I do as I like,'
said the Black Knight. 'If you want to go on, you must fight me first. '
'I will,' said King Arthur.
The fight began. Both knights were
very strong and the fight went on for a long time. Suddenly King Arthur struck
the Black Knight's sword so hard that his own sword broke in two!
When Merlin saw
it he decided that it was time to take action! So he put a spell on the Black
Knight. The next moment the knight fell into a deep sleep.
'What have you done?' asked the king.
'Have you killed the Black Knight with your magic?'
'He is only sleeping, my lord, ' said
Merlin. 'Come with me.' Merlin took Arthurto an old man who lived deep in the
forest. The old man bmew ofsecret medicines. He used them to heal Arthur's
wounds. Arthur was unhappy because he didn 't have his sword anymore.
'Don't worry, my
lord. Soon you will have a much better sword, ' Merlin said.
Merlin asked Arthur
to follow him. It was a long way through the forest. At last they came to a
beautiful blue lake.
'Merlin, why have
you brought me here?' Arthur asked looking at the blue water of the lake.
Suddenly he saw
something very strange and surprising. In the middle of the lake an arm in
white silk came out of the water. In the arm there was a shining sword.
'This is Excalibur,' said Merlin, 'the
sword that I told you about. The Lady of the Lake will give it to you.'
Then they saw
a beautiful lady. She appeared out of the lake and walked across the waters to
them. Her hair was as red as fire, and her blue eyes were shining as the water
of the lake.
'The Lady of the
Lake lives under the water in a beautiful palace. She will tell you how to get
the sword,' said Merlin.
The lady came up to the king and said to him.
'I am the Lady
of the Lake. I have kept the sword for many years. This boat will carry you to
the centre of the lake. So you will get the sword. '
Then Arthur saw a boat coming up to him.
He got into it and the next moment the boat turned and sailed to the centre
Arthur easily took the sword from the arm and the arm went
under the water. The boat turned once more and sailed back to the shore. Arthur
wanted to thank the Lady of the Lake but he didn't see her there. He jumped out
of the boat and showed Merlin the sword.
'Which do you like
best?' asked Merlin. 'The sword or the scabbard?'
'I like the sword, of course,' said King Arthur.
'That is not a
wise choice,' said Merlin. 'The scabbard is more important. While you wear the
scabbard, you will never lose a drop of blood. So keep it with you forever. '
The King Arthur and
Merlin went back to the Black Knight. Merlin woke him up and the battle began
again. Now Arthur had Excalibur and soon he won the battle.
The Black Knight fell to his knees in front if the king.
'Don't kill me, King Arthur!' asked the Black Knight.
'I will not kill you because you fight so bravely.
Will you come to live in Camelot?' asked the king.
The Black Knight agreed and they made their peace.
Helpful Words & Notes
it was time to take action — Hacræua nopa
AeñCTBOBaTb to heal Arthur's wounds — 3œrre¼HTb paHb1 Amypa
The Lady of the Lake — (Deq 03epa;
TaMHCTBeHHaH repo" HR, 06naaaK)Luaq CBePXbecreCTBeHHOh CWIOÏ;
Halle,TIHJ1a Aprypa BOAwe6HbIM MeHOM
(D Herr (F)? 06BeAHTe 11PaBW1bHb1Ü OTBeT.
The Black Knight lived in
The Black Knight always lost the fights.
King Arthur saw a shining sword in the
2 COCTaBbTe npaBAHBwe upennoxeHHß.
4) The Black Knight struck the King Arthur's sword so hard that his own
sword broke in two!
5) Merlin put a spell on the Black
Knight and the knight fell into a deep sleep.
6) Arthur saw the Lady of the Lake
coming out of the water with a sword in her hand.
7) The Lady of the Lake had black hair
and black eyes.
8) Arthur easily took the sword from the arm and the arm went under the
9) Arthur had Excalibur
and soon he won the battle with the Black Knight.
10) The Black Knight came to live in
was the wisest man in
he didn 't have his sword anymore.
the arm went under the water.
he decided to meet the Black Knight and talk to him.
his own sword broke in two!
Merlin had put a
spell on him. killed many knights. they made their peace. asked Arthur not to
rode a black horse.
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ECTb JIH JIeAH, Korropyl-o Tbi JUO6HU1b?
3T0 Jlyqu_1Me HOBOCTM, KOTOPb1e H
A KaK HacqeT ITYCTbIX MeCT?
06e1.uaiÍre BcerAa 11POHBJ1¶Tb Mmocepnue.
nenmo, wro xoqy.
LITO Tbi HaAeJIU1?
FloñAeM co MHOM.
Iloqew Tbl npHœJ1 MeH¶ ck0Aa?
I-ITO Te6e HPaBHTC¶ 60J1bU1e?
He y6HBaM MeH¶!
THE ADVENTURE OF KING
King Pellenore was
one of the bravest knights of the Round Table. He loved adventures very much
and travelled a lot. When he was back at Camelot he spent much time riding in
the forest. He loved dancing and singing and talking with other knights.
The Lady Vivien was one of the most
beautiful ladies at Camelot. She was so beautiful that nobody thought that she
was very wicked. The Lady Vivien liked King Pellenore and often talked with him
about his adventures. One afternoon she asked him to go for a long ride with
her through the forest.
When they were deep in the forest, they
met a beautiful goldenhaired lady.
'Good knight,' she
said to King Pellenore, 'I ask your help. A young knight is badly wounded. were
riding to Camelot when somebody struck him with a sword. '
'I will help you,' King Pellenore said; 'lead me, young
Kingput on his armour and Arthurrode into the forest
because struck the Black Knight's sword so hard that was unhappy because took
Merlin with him who took the sword from the arm and
Thewas always the winner
Knighthad black armour and fell into a
deep sleep because fell to his knees in front if the king and agreed to go to
But Vivien told him, 'Do not go with her. She maybe a
Ride on with me. '
'She is no witch, but a good young lady,' said King
golden-haired lady spoke again.
knight, help me! I must go to Arthur's Court to see my father. My dear knight
is going to marry me. But first I want to talk to my father. Help us or he will
'I will help you, lady,' said King Pellenore.
to stop him, but he followed the young lady. When the wicked woman saw that he
was going to leave her, she made her horse throw her to the ground. There she
did not know what to do. He wanted to help the young lady but he could not
leave Vivien. So he said:
'Young lady, I
will help you. I have never wanted to help anyone so much as I do you. I must
save your knight and bring you both to Arthur's Court. But let me first ride
back with Vivien. Then I will come back here to you.
I am afraid it will be too late,' cried the young
Pellenore put Vivien on her horse. He tied her to its back by her long green
scarf. At this moment she opened her eyes and said that she was very sick.
She made him
ride very slowly to Camelot. King Pellenore did not talk to her. He was
thinking all the time ofthe young lady. He took Vivien to Camelot and rode back
to the forest as fast as he could.
He found the
young lady and her lover in the forest. They were lying on the grass and their
faces were as white as snow.
you are late!' the lady said, 'he is dead and I am dying. '
Pellenore saw that the young knight was quiet, and that all the grass was red
'Ah, good knight,' said the lady,
'when you left me, a wolf ran out of the wood and killed my knight. The animal
wounded me so badly that I am dying now. '
Then King Pellenore started crying.
'Why didn't I help you? I have done wrong.'
He sat down and
took her golden head on his knee, and spoke to her gently till she died. Then
he put their bodies on his horse and took them to Camelot.
Near the great hall he met Arthur and Merlin.
'I am a miserable man,' he said.
Then the wise Merlin said:
'You aœ more miserable than you know. This
beautiful lady was your own daughter. She stolen from you when she was a baby.
Not long ago she learned who her father was. She coming here to meet you. '
Then King Pellenore cried loudly.
'This is my punishment,' he cried, 'for
not helping the young lady. She needed my help more than Vivien. '
Helpful Words & Notes
wicked — soundless — 6e33BYHHHiÍ, 6e3MOJIBHb1M a miserable man — HecqacTHHM
qeJ10BeK punishment — HaKa3a1--rqe
11PaBW1bHNÜ Bapnawr 3anOJIHemw
l) King Pellenore was
one of theknights of the Round Table.
3)The Lady Vivien
a)not a beautiful
4)One day King Pellenore and the Lady Vivien met a
deep in the forest.
5)The lady and the knight were going
b)to King Pellinore
c)to hunt in the
6)When the Lady Vivien saw that King Pellinore was following the
young lady, she
a)fell down from the horse
b)made her horse throw her down
7)When King Pellinore returned to the golden-haired lady, dead.
a)the knight was
b)the lady was
c)the lady and the knight were
8)King Pellinore was miserable because he
a)hadn't helped his daughter
b)had left the
lady's and knight's bodies in the forest
c)hadn't helped Vivien
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help,' said the goldenhaired lady to King Pellenore because... a)
l) 'Do not go with her. She may be a
witch,' said because...
2)'But let me first ride back with Vivien,' said because...
3)'Good knight, you are late!' said be-
4)'You are more miserable than you know,' said because...
5)'I am a miserable man!' saidbecause..
a)„ she really needed help. The knight was dying.
b)he had to take Vivien to Camelotfirst.
c)he hadn't helped the golden-haired lady.
d)the knight was dead and she was dying.
e)he knew who the young lady was.
f). she didn't want King Pellinore help the young lady.
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b)King Pellenore's daughter.
OF THE LAKE
There came a time for Merlin to leave
Camelot. Sadly he said 'goodbye' to Arthur and left him to rule the country
alone. It was time for Merlin to sleep his long sleep, until the day came when
he would wake up once more. Slowly Merlin walked away from the court at Camelot
and out into the night.
The Lady Nimue was waiting for him. She
led him on a long journey, until at last they reached the court of Elaine.
There he asked to see Elaine's son Lancelot of the Lake. He was called so
because the Lady of the Lake took him when he was a baby and kept him hidden in
her underwater palace for many years after the death of his father King Ban.
'Go to Camelot for the next tournament
and tell King Arthur my last wish, ' said Merlin to Lancelot. 'I want you to
become a knight at the Round Table.'
Then the Lady Nimue took Merlin to an
underwater cave. There he fell into a long sleep.
'I will wake up when Britain is in great
danger, ' were Merlin's last words.
Some months passed and in the middle of
the next tournament, a mysterious stranger appeared in Camelot. King Arthur and
Queen Guinevere were watching him with great interest. The strong and brave
knight rode his horse beautifully and had a shining armour but his face was
covered. He was a mystery.
'Welcome to the
tournament! ' said King Arthur to him ' But who are you? Remember, no knight
should be ashamed of his name. '
'First, I would
like to fight the bravest knights in your court, King Arthur. Then I will tell
you who I am,' said the knight.
Queen Guinevere liked the knight a lot —
he was noble, strong and handsome.
'Can he fight as my champion?' she asked the king.
King Arthur loved Guinevere dearly and
was happy to agree to anything she wanted. So hesaid to the knight:
'Fight well, the unknown knight! The royal honour is
Out in the field, Sir Kay was the first to face Lancelot.
'I am sure that I will win,' said Sir
Kay. 'Knight with no name! Let's see who is the best!'
The two knights took their lances and
rushed at each other. But the unnamed knight was more skillful. A few moments
later Sir Kay fell from the horse. The Knight with no name was the winner!
One by one, the best knights at King
Arthur's court took their turn up against him, and one by one, all were thrown
down. At last the new champion turned to face King Arthur.
'You are very
brave,' said King Arthur to him. 'Now it is time for you to tell us your name.
Then the knight took off his helmet.
'l am Lancelot of the Lake,' he
said. 'Merlin visited me and sent me here to become a knight at your court. For
many years I lived in the underwater palace. The Lady of the Lake taught me to
be brave and worthy of a place at your table. '
9) King Arthur was happy to make
Lancelot his knight.
10) Sir Lancelot was the bravest knight at
King Arthur smiled and was happy to have
a knight sent by Merlin. He took Excalibur and gently touched Lancelot on each
That night Sir Lancelot took his place the Round Table. His name
appeared on an empty chair. Later, Sir Lancelot became the
PaceraBbTe npea.uoxeHHR no
bravest knight at the court.
I Merlin left Camelot.
The knight took off his helmet and told his name.
King Arthur took Excalibur
and gently touched Lancelot
Words & Notes
to say 'goodb'e' — 11P01uaTbcH
Wcome to the tournament! — A06po noxaJ10BaTb Ha
The royal honour is at stake! — Kop0J1eBcKag qeCTb nocraBJ1eHa Ha Kapry!
skillful — YMeJ1b1Ü
Sir Lancelot — C3P JlaHceJ10T•, CaMHü nonywpHb1ñ H3
on each shoulder.
Merlin asked Lancelot to go to King Arthur
Queen Guine',ere asked a stranger to fight
as her cham-
The knight with no name was the winner!
Sir Lancelot, the knight of the Round Table.' at
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name of the knight — Lancelot — appeared on an
A mysterious stranger
appeared in Camelot.
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One day Merlin left King Arthur to rule the country alone.
lived in the underwater palace for a long time.
didn't want Lancelot to become a knight of the Round Table.
Lancelot came to Camelot with his face
Lancelot didn't have any armour
when he came to Camelot.
Queen Guinevere didn't like Lancelot at
Lancelot became the champion at the
Lancelot didn't tell his name to King
Merlin left King Arthur because
3)Lancelot covered his face at the tournament because
4)Queen Guinevere asked Lancelot to fight as her champion because
5)Lancelot was the winner of the tournament because
l) if Merlin said 'goodbye' when he was leaving
2)if Lady Nimue took Merlin to underwater cave.
3)why Lancelot of the Lake was called so.
4)if Merlin wanted
Lancelot to become King Arthur's knight.
5)if Queen Guinevere liked Lancelot.
6)why Lancelot had his face covered.
7)if Lancelot was the winner at the tournament.
name appeared on the chair at the Round Table.
THE KING WITH
THE BADLY MADE COAT
One day when
Arthur and his knights were at the Round Table, a young man entered. He was so
big that the knights thought that he was a giant.
When the boy
came closer to them, the king and the knights saw that he had on a coat which
was too large for him. It was a rich coat, but it was old and dirty.
'My lord, my
name is Brune. I can tell you no more than that. I ask you to make me a
knight,' said the young boy.
At this Sir Kay laughed and said:
'He must be called The King with the Badly Made
'Call me as you like,' said the
young man. 'Yes, I'll take that name, but I will not tell you my real one.'
Then Arthur spoke to him in a kind voice:
'Young man, you
ask a great thing. I must know where you come from, and who your father is. '
'My lord, ' said the young man,
'l can't tell you that. But I am the son of a noble who was as big as a giant.
My good father was very peaceful and didn't like fighting. That's why he never
came to your
court, and you did not hear of him. He lived at home with my
mother and me, and the servants in our castle.
'He had only one
enemy who wanted our lands. One morning when I was only a boy, my father and I
were in the forest. My father was sleeping near the tree, and I was swimming in
a small river. This enemy came up and killed my father with his sword. Then he
rode away. I ran up to my dead father and took off his coat and put it on. I
promised never to take it off, and never to tell my father's name or where I
came from. I promised to kill my father's enemy.
'Then I rode home.
There I found the enemy in our castle. I was a young boy that time so I decided
to wait for some years. I lived in the forest and practised a lot. Once a month
I tried to pull up a young tree by the roots. I wanted to be strong. This
morning I have done it, and here, my lords, I am.'
When the knights heard the story, they
asked the king to make the young man a knight.
'I will teach him to use a sword and a
lancer,' said one knight.
A few days later,
all the knights went offto a tournament. Brune was in the castle yard
practicing some ofthe sword lessons. While he was hard at work, Queen Guinevere
with twelve soldiers came up to him. When they were talking, they heard a
terrible noise. Then they saw a big lion. Some minutes before the animal
escaped from the tower. It was running towards them. The twelve soldiers ran
away and left the Queen and Brune alone.
Brune didn't move.
He put his sword down. The lion jumped at Brune. He caught its head in his
hands. Next moment he broke the lion's neck.
At this moment the
king and his knights came back. They saw a dead lion and
King Arthur came up to Brune, touched his
shoulder with his sword and said:
'Sir Brune, I make you a knight of my Round Table. '
Helpful Words &
a giant — BeJIHKaH
I can tell you no more than that. — He Mory CKa3aTb BaM 60JIb11_1e
HHqerO. to pull up a young tree by the roots — BblnepHyrb AepeB0 3-a KOPHM
l) What did Brune look like?
b)young and big as a giant
c)noble and mysterious
3)What did Brune have on?
a)rich and nice clothes
b)old and dirty clothes
c)the clothes which were too small for him
4)How did King Arthur call Brune when he came into the hall?
a)Badly Made Knight
b)the King with the Badly Made Coat
5)Where did Brune get his coat?
a)It was his
b)His mother made it for him.
c)King Arthur gave it to him.
6)What happened to Brune father?
a)He was killed in
b)His only enemy killed him with a sword.
c)He was killed in
his castle one day.
7)Why did Brune want to become a knight of the Round Table?
a)to find his enemy
b)to get new coat
c)to live in
1)big, large, great, kind
2)knight, coat, king, servant,
3)peaceful, noble, wicked, brave
4)sword, tournament, lancer, shield
5)shoulder, castle, palace, tower
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to escape to go off to make somebody to kill somebody to
take off to speak to somebody to ask somebody
a knight to do
something from the tower to a tournament in a kind voice with his sword a coat
AND SIR BRUNE
One day a young lady came to Arthur.
She had a black shield with her.
'My lord, I came
for a knight to undertake the adventure of the black shield. '
'And what is that adventure?' asked the king.
'I can't tell
you,' answered the young woman, 'but it will be very dangerous. '
carefully at each knight and then she came up to Sir Brune and said:
with the Badly Made Coat, will you take this
So Sir Brune and the young lady left
Camelot. On their way through the forest Sir Brune began to talk to the young
woman, whose name was Elinor. But she was quiet and Sir Brune thought that she
didn't like him. His coat was so poor!
After a long time they came to a castle and Elinor said:
'Go in and you will find your first adventure...'
Sir Brune went inside the gate and saw one hundred knights.
'Quick!' he thought and the fight
began. Suddenly he heard a low voice of a lady:
'Young knight, listen to me. Get
to the left side of the castle wall. You will see a black stone in it. Strike
the stone and a secret door will open. You can run out through it.'
That lady was the knights' prisoner. She felt sorry for
and wanted to help him.
He turned his head and saw a black
stone in the wall. Sir Brune was tired and had many wounds. However, he at last
came to the door, struck it and the door opened. The knights shouted with anger
but Sir Brune escaped.
He was very weak and he could
hardly walk. Elinorran to meet him and led him to a small river in a forest.
There she took off his armor and bathed his wounds.
Sir Brune began to talk to her but she said:
Do not talk to me. If you want to please me, go back to
Sir Brune did not know why she
spoke so, but he was too tired to think. So he lay down on the grass and went
Meantime, at Arthur's Court Sir Lancelot
learnt that Sir Brune had gone out with a young lady on the adventure of the
'Oh!' cried Sir Lancelot. 'He will surely be killed. Merlin
has told me what this adventure of the shield is. A lot of knights took it up
and were killed.'
He called for his horse and armour, and said to the king:
'My lord, I
will ride after this poor young man and help him. Perhaps I shall be too late;
but if not, I shall ask him to give me this adventure of the shield. '
Then Sir Lancelot rode after Sir
Brune. Near the small river, he heard the sound of a great battle. Sir Brune
was fighting against six knights. Sir Lancelot rode to help and they won the
Poor Sir Brune was almost dead. Elinor said:
'Take him back to Camelot. I do not want him to follow this
adventure any longer. Sir Brune, I will tell you the truth. I love you and I am
afraid you will be killed. That's why I want you to return to Camelot. '
Sir Brune was very glad, and he said:
'I must go
on. When I finish this adventure we will go back together to Arthur's Court.
adventure to me,' said Sir Lancelot, 'and go back now with the young lady. '
But Sir Brune shook his head and they
followed Elinor. Sometimes they rode through woods full of wild beasts.
Sometimes they went over fields where wicked magicians tried to put spells on
them. They also fought with many knights.
However, they escaped all dangers.
One day Elinor
told them that they were coming to the last adventure. She pointed to a strong
black castle on a hill:
'It is Lord Brian's
castle. At the gate you will see two huge dragons. '
At this Sir Brune gave such a loud shout
that the dragons on top of the hill heard him.
'Ah!' cried Sir
Brune, 'that is my enemy! He killed my dear father. '
He rode off so quickly to the castle.
There they saw the dragons. They were terrible creatures, all of green, with
eyes and tongues of flame. Their wings were as large as the sails of a ship.
Sir Brune had never before seen a dragon, but he was not afraid. He fought very
bravely, and half an hour later the two knights killed the dragons. Then the
castle door opened and a man came out.
'Come and fight. But only one,' he said.
'Let me go,' said Sir Brune.
Inside there were two knights, the Lord
Brian's brothers. They were as huge as Sir Brune but Sir Brune overthrew them.
Plenorius, Lord Brian's cousin came out.
'Ah,' cried Sir Brune, 'where is Lord
Brian? Must I fight with all his family before I meet him?'
Sir Plenorius struck Sir Brune and broke
Sir Brune's helmet. Sir Brune fought bravely, but he became weaker and weaker.
Then Sir Plenorius stopped fighting.
'I know you are the
bravest knight, ' he said. 'I loved your good father and was sorry for him. I
have no love for my cousin but I must fight for him as long as he lives. '
Sir Brune fell down on the ground. Sir
Plenorius took him in his arms into the castle.
couldn't wait no more. Then with great difficulty he climbed the castle wall
and jumped down:
'Give me back my friend!' cried Sir Lancelot.
began to fight with Sir Plenorius. Sir Plenorius was so much larger than Sir
Lancelot was that he thought he could easily overcome him. But he couldn't.
'Ask for mercy!' said Sir Lancelot. 'I am Sir Lancelot of
Then Sir Plenorius said:
'Ah, my good lord, I know your name. Ifwe go on
fighting, you will certainly kill me. I ask you to treat me as I have treated
Sir Brune. '
'You are a gentle knight. I am sorry you must help Lord
He will die soon. '
Sir Plenorius answered•
'When he is dead, I will come to Arthur's Court.'
All this time Sir
Brune was lying on the bed. But at last he came to himself and looked about
him. He saw his sword and shield near him. He put them beside him. Suddenly he
heard someone coming. It was Lord Brian. He knew that Sir Brune was there,
alone and wounded, and he wanted to kill him.
'Ah, you are a
coward. You are coming to kill me when I am badly wounded. But you make me
forget my wounds, ' Sir Brune cried and jumped out of the bed.
'You shall never go down by these stairs because I will läll you!'
The two began to
fight in the room, and Sir Brune soon saw that his enemy was trying to push him
close to the window. Lord Brian wanted Sir Brune to fall out of it.
Sir Brune started
to push Lord Brian to the window. Then he lifted his shield and struck his
enemy with it. The wicked lord lost his footing, and fell out ofthe window. He
was killed to death at the feet of Sir Lancelot and Sir Plenorius.
Lord B When Sir Brune was well enough to travel, he
all the castles ofrian, trying to find his lost mother. He was very much afraid
that she dead, but at last he found her alive. He took her and Elinor to
Arthur's Court. A few days later Sir Brune and Elinor got married.
Helpful Words & Notes
ho»ever — OAHaKO
He will surely be killed. — OH 1--1aBepHflKa 6yaeT y6MT.
I must go on. — 51 AOJIXCH 11POAOJIXaTb. Ask for mercy! —
badly wounded — THxenopaHeHb1M
I Elinor came to the castle and chose Sir Brune.
Sir Brune married Elinor.
Sir Lancelot went to
help Sir Brune in his adventure. Sir Lancelot, Sir Brune and Elinor went
on their adventures.
tried to kill Sir Brune but was pushed out of the window.
Sir Brune fought against Lord Brian's brothers and his
Sir Plenorius v,ounded Sir Brune badly but didn't kill
him. They came to their last adventure and saw two dragons at the gate. Sir
Brune fought against one hundred knights and luckily escaped.
l) Who did Elinor choose to undertake
the adventure of the black shield?
2)How many knights did he have to fight at his first adventure?
3)How did Sir Brune escape?
4)Why did Sir Lancelot follow Sir Brune?
5)Why did Elinor ask Sir Lancelot to take Sir Brune back to
6)What was the last adventure of Sir Brune?
7)How did the dragons look like?
8)Why did Sir Plenorius not kill Sir Brune?
9)Who did Sir Brune push out of the window? 10) Did the story have
a happy end'?
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tried to puton them.
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8)Sir Plenorius was so much larger than Sir Lancelot was that he
thought he could easily
9)You shall never go down by thesebecause I will kill you!
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I) Get to the left side of the castle
wall. You will see a black stone in it.
2)Do not talk to
me. If you want to please me, go back to Arthur's Court.
3)He will surely be killed. Merlin has told me what this adventure
of the shield is.
4)Take him back to Camelot. I do not want him to follow this
adventure any longer.
5)I must go on. When I finish this adventure we will go together
back to Arthur's Court.
6)Ah! That is my enemy! He killed my dear father.
7)Must I fight with all his family before I meet him?
8)If we go on fighting, you will certainly kill me. I ask you to
treat me as I have treated Sir Brune.
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3)The knights but Sir Brune escaped.
4)Sir Lancelot rode to help and they
5)But Sir Brune and
they followed Elinor.
6)Sometimes they went over fields where wicked magicians tried toon
7)At the gate you will see two
half an hour later the two knights killed the dragons.
9)I have no but
I must fight for him as long as he lives.
few days later Sir Brune and Elinor
SIR LANCELOT AND HIS
One day Sir Lancelot and Sir Lionel left
Camelot for a new adventure. They rode for a long time and got very tired. So
they got offthe h01ses and lay on the green grass. Soon Sir Lancelot fell
asleep. Suddenly Sir Lionel saw a huge knight fighting with three other
'He has won the
battle. I would like to fight with him,' Sir Lionel thought.
When the huge knight saw Sir Lionel, he
smiled. At the very' first strike young Sir Lionel fell from the horse. The
huge knight bound him to the other three knights and took them to his castle.
threw the knights into a prison.
At Camelot Sir Hector had an idea to join
Sir Lancelot and Sir
Lionel. He rode after them and in the forest he met a man.
'Sir, are you looking for a new
adventure? Look over there! Near the river there is a big tree. Near the tree
there is a basin of copper. Go and strike on it three times.'
Sir Hector came to
the tree and saw a lot of shields on it. Sir Lionel's shield was there too. Sir
Hector understood that Sir Lionel and other knights were prisoners.
He struck on the copper basin and at
once he saw a huge knight.
'Come and fight!' cried the knight. 'I am
the great Sir Turqumne.'
The fight began. Sir Hector wounded the
huge knight once, but the knight wounded him many times. At last the huge
knight took Sir Hector under his right arm into the castle.
'You are very
brave, ' he said, 'you are the first knight who has wounded me. Be my helper
and I will give you freedom. '
'Never, ' said Sir Hector; 'I am a knight of King Arthur.
'I am sorry for
that,' said Sir Turquaine, 'then you are my prisoner. '
At that time Sir Lancelot was sleeping
under the tree. Soon four beautiful ladies rode by. They recognized Sir
Lancelot, the bravest knight in the land. One lady said:
'l will put a spell on him. will
take him to my castle. Then, when he gets up, he will choose one of us as his
In the morning Sir
Lancelot got up and couldn't understand where he was. Soon a young lady came
in, and he asked her to tell him what had happened to him.
'Sir, I cannot,' she said and left the room.
Then the four beautiful ladies came in.
'Choose one of us
for your wife,' they said, 'and you will be very happy. '
But Sir Lancelot said:
ladies, I don't want to marry. I would like to fight for my good King
'You will stay here till you choose,' they said and went
In the evening the young lady came to him.
'My lord,' she said, 'I can help you. These ladies are
not kind to me, and I am going to run away. I will take you with me if you...'
'Name it!' he said.
'I am a king's
daughter, ' she said. 'My father is King Bagdemagus. He took part in a
tournament, but lost it. He feels very sad. In two days there will be another
tournament. I want you to help him.' 'l will,' said Sir Lancelot.
Then the young
lady and Sir Lancelot left the castle quietly. They rode all night and in the
morning they came to King Bagdemagus.
He was happy to see
Sir Lancelot, the strongest and the bravest knight. All day there was music and
dancing. But Sir Lancelot could not be happy.
'Where is Sir Lionel?' he thought.
On the morning of
the tournament Sir Lancelot hid in a little wood near the tournament field.
King Bagdemagus and his sixty men met another king with eighty men. They began
to fight, and soon King Bagdemagus began to lose.
Then Sir Lancelot rode out of the little
wood. No one could stand against him. The king asked Sir Lancelot to be his
guest but Sir Lancelot shook his head. He had to find Sir Lionel.
On his way he met a young boy:
'Do you know any
adventure which I can take? I am Sir Lancelot of the Lake.'
'Oh, Sir Lancelot,
' said he, 'there is a knight Sir Turquaine. He has put in prison many of the
Knights of the Round Table. You can fight with him for the freedom of your
friends. Follow me!'
The young boy
brought Sir Lancelot to the tree with the shields on it. Sir Lancelot struck on
the basin but the huge knight came.
'Come and fight!' said Sir Lancelot.
'I will,' said Sir Turquaine. 'But later you will be sorry.'
Then the two rode
at each other. They fought until they were breathless, they both had many
wounds. Then Sir Turquaine said:
'I have never
fought with such a strong man before. I would like to be your friend. You fight
as the knight whom I hate most in this world. If you are not Sir Lancelot, I
will give you my friendship and free all my prisoners. '
'Let's begin to
fight again,' said Sir Lancelot, 'I am Sir Lancelot of the Lake.'
Then the fight began. Soon they gave
each other so many wounds that the ground was covered with blood. Sir Turquaine
was a strong man, but Sir Lancelot was stronger. After a long fight he fell on
the ground and died.
Sir Lancelot came into the castle and
opened the doors of the prison. He led the poor knights out. Sir Lionel and Sir
Hector were happy to see Sir Lancelot.
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to bind (bound, bound) — CBH3b1BaTb a basin of copper —
Choose one of us for your wife — Bb16epn OAHY 113 Hac B XeHb1
No one could stand against him. — HMKTO He Mor YCTOHTb IIPOTHB Hero. to free
all prisoners — OCB060AHTb Bcex 3aKJIK)qeHHb1X led the poor knights out —
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l) Why did Sir Lionel have an idea to
fight with Sir Turquaine?
Turquaine attacked Sir Lionel.
Lionel wanted to fight against a strong knight.
Lionel wanted to help the three knights.
3)What did Sir Turquaine do when he won the fight against Sir
Turquaine threw Sir Lionel into the prison.
Turquaine bound Sir Lionel to a huge tree.
Turquaine took Sir Lionel to Camelot.
4)What happened when Sir Hector struck on the basin of copper three
Lionel's shield fell form the tree.
Turquaine came down from the tree.
5)What is true about the fight between Sir Hector and Sir
Turquaine wounded Sir Hector many times but Sir Hector didn't wound Sir
b)When the tight was over, Sir Hector took Sir Turquaine under his
right arm into the castle.
the fight was over, Sir Turquaine threw Sir Hector into the prison.
6)How did Sir Lancelot find himself in the ladies' castle?
of the ladies put a spell on him and they took him in her castle.
rode there on his horse.
fell in love with one of the ladies.
7)Who led the knights out of the prison in the end?
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l ) One day Sir Lancelot and Sir Lionel left Camelot a new adventure.
2)At the very first strike young Sir Lionel fell the horse.
3)Sir, are you looking a new adventure?
4)Go and strike it three times.
5)At last the huge knight took Sir Hector his right arm into the castle.
6)I am sorrythat.
7)Soon a young lady came in, and he asked her to tell him what had
8)These ladies are not kind me, and I am going to run away.
9)Then Sir Lancelot rode of the little wood.
they gave each other so many wounds that the ground was coveredblood.
l) Sir Hector; 2) Sir Turquaine; 3) Sir Lionel.
HOW SIR LANCELOT SAVED
One spring day
Queen Guinevere invited ten ladies and ten knights to have a ride in the
forest. The next morning they met, all dressed in green, the colour of young
It was a lovely
morning. The queen and her company found a lot of spring flowers. They sat down
on the green grass and enjoyed the warm sun. Suddenly Sir Malgrace and eighty
men in armour came out of the forest.
'l will carry you to my castle, Queen Guinevere,' Sir
Then the ten knights drew their swords
and fought against eighty men of Sir Malgrace. They fought bravely, but they
could do little. Soon they were all wounded.
'Sir Malgrace, do
not kill my noble knights! I will go with you, ' cried the queen.
On the way to
the castle of Sir Malgrace Queen Guinevere said to a young girl:
'Take this ring and give it to Sir Lancelot. Ask him for
Sir Malgrace saw the young girl go but
his men couldn 't catch her.
'Madam,' said Sir Malgrace to the
queen, 'I know that you have sent for Sir Lancelot, but you will never see him.
Then Sir Malgrace
told his eighty men to hide along the road and kill any knight they would see.
The little girl got to Camelot and gave
the ring to Sir Lancelot. He put on his armour and left Camelot. At
last he got to the road leading to Sir Malgrace's castle.
The men of Sir
Malgrace shot hundreds of arrows at him. His white horse was killed and he was
badly wounded. He could hardly walk but he came up to the castle gate:
'Come out, traitor; come out and fight. '
Sir Malgrace was
afraid of Sir Lancelot. So he went to Queen Guinevere and said:
remember how I saved your ten knights. I am really sorry I took you prisoner.
Please, go to Sir Lancelot and ask him not to fight. He will be my guest and
tomorrow you will all go back to Camelot. '
Then the queen said:
'Peace is always better than war.'
She went to Sir Lancelot and asked him
to come into the castle. Then Sir Malgrace took Sir Lancelot to his room. Sir
Malgrace opened the door and the next moment Sir Lancelot was deep down in the
darkness. There was a trapdoor in the floor!
In the morning, the queen and her company left for Camelot.
'Where is Sir Lancelot?' asked Queen Guinevere.
'He left my castle for Camelot
yesterday evening,' answered Sir Malgrace.
The unhappy Sir
Lancelot was in the trap. He was hungry and thirsty for two days. At night, Sir
Malgrace came and looked down to see if Sir Lancelot was dead. One night a
little girl saw Sir Malgrace looking down the trap.
'What is down there? Who is hiding there?' she thought.
So at night she
opened the trapdoor. When she saw Sir Lancelot, she was very' sorry for him.
She let him climb up by the rope, and took him out ofthe castle. At night, Sir
Malgrace looked down the trap, but he heard nothing. So he thought that Sir
Lancelot was dead.
In the morning, Sir Malgrace went to King Arthur.
'You wanted to take my queen. Is it true?' asked King
'My lord, I didn't
take her. Queen Guinevere came with me because she loved me. '
Then the King got very angry. Suddenly in came Sir
He ran up to Sir Malgrace and cried:
'Come and fight!'
'Mercy!' Sir Malgrace cried.
Now Sir Lancelot couldn't kill him
because that man asked for mercy. So he said:
'Traitor, I will take off my helmet and
tie my left hand behind my back. Then I will fight with you.'
'So I will win,' Sir Malgrace thought.
The fight began and Sir Malgrace ran to
Sir Lancelot with his sword. Sir Lancelot waited until he was very near, and
then stepped aside. Before Sir Malgrace could turn, Sir Lancelot cut Sir
Malgrace helmet in two. And Sir Malgrace fell dead on the ground.
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I Guinevere, her ladies and
knights were in the forest when suddenly Sir Malgrace came out of the forest.
Sir Lancelot got a letter from Guinevere and rode to save
came into the room and the next moment he fell deep down in the darkness. Sir
Lancelot killed Sir Malgrace in a battle. The knights fought bravely against
Sir Malgrace but he won and took Guinevere to his castle.
The men of Sir Malgrace shot hundreds of arrows at Sir
Lancelot but he got to the castle of Sir Malgrace. A little girl helped Sir
Lancelot to escape and he returned to Camelot.
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1)I will carry you to my castle.
2)Do not Idll my noble knights! I will go with you.
3)Take this ring and gi',e it to Sir Lancelot. Ask him for help.
4)Come out, traitor; come out and
5)Peace is always better than war.
6)Sir Lancelot left my castle for Camelot yesterday evening. 7)
What is down there? Who is hiding there?
8)My lord, I didn't take her. Queen Guinevere came with me because
she loved me.
10)Traitor, I will take off my helmet and tie my left hand behind my
back. Then I will fight with you.
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l) The next morning
they met, allthe colour of young grass.
They sat down on the green grass and
ten knightsand fought
against eighty men of Sir Malgrace.
4)Then Sir Malgrace
told his eighty men to and kill any knight they would see.
5)Sir Malgrace opened the door and the next moment Sir
8)Now Sir Lancelot couldn't kill him because that man
9)on the ground.
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next morning they,
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4) They bravely, but they could do little. 5) Soon
they all wounded.
6)Sir Malgrace the young girl go but his men couldn't catch her.
7)Then Sir Malgrace his
eighty men to hide along the road and kill any knight they would
8)The little girl got to Camelot andthe ring to Sir Lancelot.
9)his armour and left Camelot.
men of Sir Malgracehundreds
of arrows at him.
THE DEATH OF ARTHUR
King Arthur ruled England for many
years. Yet there were traitors and one of them made war against Arthur. The
king and his knights left Camelot to meet them.
Sir Modred ruled at Camelot that
time. Now Sir Modred hated the king and raised a rebellion against Arthur.
King Arthur returned home and
fought against Sir Modred. He lost many ofhis knights but he drove the away
from Camelot. The last great battle took place on the seashore.
Before the battle Arthur said:
'Sir Bedivere, I have had a dream. I know I will die today. '
'Mylord, it is a dream,' answered Sir Bedivere. 'You are
great. Today you will win the battle. ' Arthur shook his head.
'I don't want it. It is hard to fight against my own
It was a grey day with no sun. The
mist was so thick that no one could see anyone. Friends fought against each
other. The battle went on all day long and in the evening everything got quiet.
The mist went away and Arthur looked over the field. He saw only one man
standing. The others were dead. The king's face was white:
'They all have died for me. I am king only of the dead. '
The only living man was Sir
Modred, the traitor. Arthur lifted his good Excalibur and the fight began. Sir
Modred struck the king
the head and cut the helmet through. Arthur was badly wounded, but he killed
Arthur fell to the ground and said to Sir Bedivere:
'Now the time has come! Take Excalibur,
go to the lake and throw it into the water.'
Sir Bedivere took
the sword and went to the lake. When he was ready to throw the sword far out
into the water, the moon came from behind the clouds. The light fell on the
sword, and Sir Bedivere saw how beautiful the sword was. So he hid it, and
returned to the king.
'What did you see or hear?' asked Arthur.
'I heard the wind and saw the waters of the lake. '
thrown the sword in the lake. Go back now, and throw it far out into the lake.
Sir Bedivere went back and looked at the sword and said:
'No, I can't throw away Excalibur. I will keep it and
people will remember the king forever. '
So again Sir Bedivere hid the sword and
returned to the king, who asked:
'What have you seen or heard?'
'I heard a vel),' strong wind and saw
the shining blue waters of the lake.'
'You are a traitor!' Arthur cried. 'Go
now, and throw Excalibur out into the lake.'
Sir Bedivere ran to
the lake, took the sword, closed his eyes and threw the sword far away. The
next moment an arm in white came out of the water and caught it. Then the arm
took the sword down into the lake. Sir Bedivere went back and told the king
what he had seen.
'Now, take me to the lake, ' said King Arthur.
Near the blue water of the lake they saw
a big black boat. In the boat there were three beautiful ladies with gold
They came to take Arthur away, Sir
Bedivere did not know where. The queens put Arthur into the boat.
'Oh, King Arthur, you are leaving me.
The great Round Table is broken up forever. WIIat shall I do?' said Sir
'Old customs pass and new ones
come. God makes his world better in many ways. The Round Table did its work and
now has disappeared. My work is done. Farewell!'
Then the boat moved siowiy away. Slr
Bedivere watched it until it disappeared.
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to raise a rebellion — 1104HHTb BOCCTaHHe mist — TYMaH a
traitor — npeaaTeJ1b Round Table is broken up forever — KpyrJ1b1ü CTOJT
pacnancq HaBceraa Farewell! — Ilporuaü!
l) Who ruled Camelot when King Arthur was away?
3)Where did the last great battle take place?
a)at the seashore
c)in the great forest
4)Who won in the last great battle?
5)Why didn't Sir Bedivere want to throw Excalibur into the lake?
a)He wanted to
leave it for himself.
b)He wanted people to remember the king forever. C) The lake was a
long way to go.
6)What happened to Excalibur in the end?
a)Sir Bedivere kept
b)It went underwater.
c)Merlin took it to Camelot.
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l) He lost many of his knights but he drove the away from Camelot.
2)against my own people.
3)went on all day long and in the evening everything got
4)Arthur was badlybut he killed Sir Modred.
5)Take Excalibur, go to the lake and it into the water.
6)The light fell on the sword, and Sir Bedivere saw how beautiful
7)I will keep it and people will remember the king
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9)In the boat there were three beautiful ladies with gold
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Sir Bedivere ran the lake, took
the sword, closed his eyes and threw the sword far away. The next moment an arm
in white came the water and caught it. Then the arm took the sword the lake.
Sir Bedivere went and
told the king what he had seen.
'Now, take me to the lake,' said King Arthur.
Near the blue water the lake they
saw a big black boat. In the boat there were three beautiful ladies gold crowns.
They came to take Arthur Sir Bedivere did
not know where. The queens put Arthur into the boat.
Then the boat moved slowly Sir Bedivere watched
it until it disappeared.