Galahad

British - The original name of Lancelot. On occassion, identified as Galahad, Galaad, Galaad, Galahad, Galahad or Galahad.
British - A king of Wales. Son of Joseph of Arimathea. As king of Wales he was known as Hocelice. At times, called Galahad, Galaad, Galaad, Galahad, Galahad or Galahad.
British - A Knight of the Round Table. Son of Lancelot and Elaine. In some French stories, his mother was Amite or Perevida. Dame Brisen, a sorceress and maidservant of Elaine, deceived Lancelot into sleeping with Elaine in the belief that he was sleeping with his true love, Guinevere. The result of this union was Galahad. He was reared by monks and, at the age of fifteen, was knighted by his father and taken to King Arthur's court where he assumed his ordained place at the Round Table. As the only knight pure enough to see the Holy Grail, he was able to sit in the Perilous Seat, the chair reserved for such a knight at the Round Table, without being swallowed up. A large red boulder appeared, floating in the river, and fixed immovably in it was a fine sword. After Gawain and Percival had tried unsuccessfully to pull it from the stone, Galahad withdrew it easily and put it in the empty scabbard he wore. The Grail appeared in the hall that night and, having fed the assembled knights, disappeared. All the knights present, led by Gawain, vowed to devote their lives to the search for this sacred chalice. Each knight took his own route and Galahad's led him to a chapel where he found the wounded Bagdemagus tended by Owain. A white shield hung behind the altar and the hermit said that it was reserved for the best knight; any other trying to use it would come to harm. Bagdemagus had taken it and ridden off, only to be unhorsed and wounded by a knight in white armour who sent the shield back for Galahad. This knight told Galahad that the shield had been given by Joseph of Arimathea to a converted knight, King Evelake, before the battle with his cousin, the Saracen king, Tholomer. In that fight, a figure on a cross was seen on the shield and a man who had lost a hand in the battle was made whole when he touched the cross. The shield came to Britain with Joseph and Evelake and Joseph (or Josephus, his son), on his deathbed, emblazoned a red cross on the shield with his own blood and told Evelake to leave it with Nascien the hermit who would guard it until it was claimed by Galahad. Taking the shield, Galahad rode on, taking with him Meliad whom he knighted. They parted at a fork in the road and Galahad, encountering a group of knights attacking Percival, routed them. He went on to further adventures, in one of which he routed the seven brothers who had been holding many young women captive in the Castle of Maidens, and was eventually led by a maiden, who turned out to be Percival's sister, Dindrane, to a ship where he found Percival and Bors already aboard. Sailing off, they found another ship and, seeing that it was deserted, boarded it. On a silk bed lay a marvellous sword, one that had been used by Varlan to kill Lambor. It was said that the ship and the sword had originally been made by King Solomon. The sword was called the Sword of Strange Girdles and its scabbard, Mover of Blood. In some accounts, this vessel was Solomon's ship and the sword was David's. Galahad took the sword and scabbard and they returned to their own ship which carried them to Castle Carteloise. Here they found a woman dying who could be cured only by the blood of a virgin and Dindrane died as a result of giving her blood to help the sick woman. In one version, following the adventure at the Castle of Maidens, he came to a monastery where Evelake lay wounded and, cradling the sick man in his arms, cured him of his wounds so that he was able to die happy. This version says that he then met Percival and Bors and they rode to Carbonek where they were welcomed and feasted by King Pelles and celebrated mass with Josephus who had come to Britain with Evelake 400 years before. Some say that Christ himself appeared at this celebration. The sins that had caused Pelles to be wounded were washed away by blood from the Holy Lance and he spent the rest of his life in a monastery. Another version says that it was Galahad's sister who led him to the boat where Percival and Bors were waiting and that it was she who died giving blood to save the sick lady. This version has it that, at their first landfall, they were assailed by wraiths and goblins in a castle on a hill which disappeared when they routed their attackers. In another version, they found the wounded Pelles at Carbonek and here the Holy Grail appeared on a silver altar with a spear that dripped blood. On the instructions of a voice from heaven, Galahad anointed Pelles with this blood and his wounds were healed and he died happy. Then Galahad and his two companions took sail for Sarras in the Holy Land, taking with them the silver altar and the Holy Grail and Spear. There they found a ship bearing the body of Percival's sister which they buried. The king, Estorause, threw all three of them in prison but asked their pardon when on his deathbed. Galahad was crowned king in his place but he died about a year later while taking Mass with Josephus and was carried up to heaven by a host of angels. The Holy Grail and The Holy Spear disappeared for ever. In the Welsh version he was Gwalchaved, son of Lot and Gwyar, and by some equated with Gwalchmei who was Gawain. In some references, called Galahad, Galaad, Galaad, Galahad, Galahad or Galahad.

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