And now we get a bit of a flash-forward: Lancelot will end up being the bestest and greatest knight Arthur ever had.
Tristram and Lamorak will be close seconds.
So, jousting is kind of like cricket. We get an explanation of how the two games are scored and the different techniques the players use.
Right now, though, Lancelot is hanging out in the Armoury, which is where he spends most of his time. It's kind of like a medieval version of Gold's Gym.
He's super serious about training himself well enough to be worthy for Arthur.
Uncle Dap oversees the Armoury, and is responsible for his training. He even beats Lancelot when the boy is stupid. You have to remember: medieval parents didn't have such enlightened notions about how to deal with children.
Lancelot spends three years in the Armoury, not counting when he eats and sleeps. Dang.
Knights-in-training like Lance have to go through a whole program, where they fight statues, and then work their way up to fighting a real human being—like a cousin or a younger brother.
They also have to learn to trust others, because who can even get into all that armor on their own? Not even Lancelot, as great of a knight as he will be.
So, three years of super-hard training, and Lancelot is much more serious about it than all the other boys.
Aside from physical training, pre-knights also have to think about philosophical problems relating to chivalry.
Lancelot puts up with all of this, because Arthur.
And he has his own Big Dream that keeps him going: he wants to be able to perform some kind of miracle, like healing someone or something.