The Battle of Bedegraine (Arthur's battle against King Lot and his Eleven Kings) is finally fought.
Too bad that the Eleven Kings think this is going to go as usual: with knights sporting with each other, while the peasants are fair game to be killed. To these guys, it's just a game, with rules and a certain etiquette to it.
It's not gonna happen like that this time, though.
Arthur orders his men to fight against the other knights—and not against the serfs. No ransoms will be accepted for knights. This is a huge breach of the expected etiquette of war.
Of course, he has no problem if the serfs of each side fight against each other. He recognizes they have a legitimate beef with each other.
He's going to confront Lot and his men with the true reality of war.
Arthur has a huge realization: that it will be his duty from that time onward to deal with abuses of power.
To start with, Arthur attacks at night, which was unheard of in customary battle.
Secondly, Arthur didn't pay any attention to his serfs. He knew they had a racial score to settle, and left them to it, under the direction of Merlyn.
Taken by surprise, Lot divides his army up, thinking he could prepare for another cavalry charge in this way.
This was the moment Arthur had been waiting for. His secret weapon—two French kings who had been hidden up until now—come out of the forest and trap King Lot.
If the sun had not set right about then, the rebellion could have been handily putdown.
By noon the next day, the rebellious army has been vanquished.