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Le Morte D'Arthur
by Sir Thomas Malory
Galahad Timeline and Summary
Galahad is conceived when Launcelot sleeps with Elayne of Corbin, who is disguised as Gwenyvere. All grown up, Galahad arrives at Camelot and asks Launcelot to knight him, which he totally does. Sometime later, Galahad pulls a sword from a stone floating in the river that can only be pulled by the best knight in the world. He then departs with the rest of Arthur's knights on the Grail Quest. Galahad occupies the "Sege Perylous," the place reserved for the best knight in Arthur's court and the one who will be successful in the Grail Quest. At an abbey, Galahad gains a shield painted with the blood of Joseph of Arimathea, which has miraculous healing powers. Galahad exorcises a demon from a dead body in a tomb. Then he knights Sir Melyas, who is soon wounded in a fight. Galahad takes him to a nearby chapel to be healed. Galahad defeats the seven knights holding the Castle of Maidens. Afterwards, he boards a ship with Sir Percyvale and Sir Bors, which takes them to another ship where Galahad gains a miraculous sword with a history stretching to the Old Testament. With his companions, Galahad rescues the inhabitants of the Castle Carteloyse from two brothers who committed incest with their sister. Galahad and his companions arrive at a castle where Percivale's sister dies after agreeing to be bled to save the life of the castle's queen. After this, Galahad spends six months on board another ship having adventures with his father, Sir Launcelot. Once he and his old man part ways, Galahad heads to a chapel where a seven-hundred-year-old man named King Evelake is waiting to set eyes on him. He embraces Galahad, then dies. Galahad meets up with Bors and Percyvale again. They arrive at the Castle Carboneck, where King Pelles and his son, Elyazar, greets them. With just his touch, Galahad repairs a sword. Plus he heals the "Maimed King" with a spear. The three knights see a mass celebrated by Joseph of Arimathea, and view the Holy Grail, which they take on board a ship and sail for Sarras. In Sarras, the three knights are thrown in a dungeon for a year. On his deathbed, the King of Sarras frees them, and then the people of Sarras make Galahad their king. Galahad and his companions pray before the Holy Grail every day for a year before Galahad asks God to take him, and dies.