Black Knight

Common throughout Arthurian and medieval romance, the Black Knight was not always the villain of popular conception.

Black Knight, Ruth Sanderson, Golden Wood Studio

  1. Black Knight

    An evil warrior who inhabited the White Forest and guarded the glade around the Chapel of St. Augustine. He killed Arthur's squire, Cahus, and was himself slain by Arthur.

  2. Black Knight

    A knight defeated by Perceval at a tomb.

    See also
    Knight of the Tomb | The Legend of King Arthur

  3. Black Knight

    The alias of Maduk the Black (Maduc).

  4. Black Knight

    A mighty lord who inhabited Mount Nouquestran (or the Black Mountain) in Scotland, and who guarded a magic horn and wimple on an ivory lion.

    When the young Fergus arrived at Arthur's court, Kay sarcastically suggested that Fergus defeat the Black Knight for his first quest, and Fergus surprised everyone - and humiliated Kay - by doing just that.

    The Black Knight went to Arthur's court, humbly bearing the horn, wimple, and news of his own defeat. He later fought in the Gedeorde tournament, and was defeated by Fergus again.

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    The name given to Lancelot, when he appeared in disguise (carrying a black shield) at Arthur's second battle against Galehaut. Lancelot showed so much prowess in the battle that Galehaut called off the war with Arthur in order to win the Black Knight's friendship.

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    In the romance of Yder, a Black Knight besieges the Castle of Maidens. Arthur ignored the Castle's pleas for help, preferring to direct his attention to a different battle. Later, however, he vowed to punish the Black Knight's outrage.

  7. Black Knight

    A nickname given to Baruc the Black, a knight defeated by Sagremor (Sagramore).

  8. Black Knight

    A knight in Arthur's service who defeated a knight named Tantalis.

  9. Black Knight

    An alias of the Ugly Hero, one of Arthur's knights.

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    In the Middle English Sir Perceval of Galles, a warrior (true name unknown) whose wife a young Perceval met in a forest. Perceval innocently kissed the lady and exchanged rings with her, which the Black Knight interpreted upon his return as adultery. Consequently, the jealous Black Knight tied her to a tree.

    Perceval encountered them again, as a knight. He defeated the Black Knight in combat, explained the truth of the situation to him, and forced him to reconcile with his wife.

    The character is known in Chrétien's Perceval as Orgellous.

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    Son of Arthur's Tom a'Lincoln by Anglitora, thus Arthur's grandson. Tom's ghost appeared to his son and related how he had been murdered by Anglitora and her lover. The Black Knight slew the two lovers to avenge his father's death.

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    The name adopted by Sir Perard (Percard), one of Gareth's opponents.

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    The son of the King of the Carlachs and one of Arthur's knights. He was defeated by the Knight of the Lantern.

  14. Black Knight of the Forest

    A knight who was challenged by Arthur for ownership of the Black Forest.

    The Black Knight logically contended that since his name was the 'Black Knight of the Black Forest', the Black Forest must be his. To win his claim, the Black Knight had to defeat all of Arthur's knights. He came close, but was defeated by Sir Meriadoc. The noble Meriadoc, however, convinced Arthur to return the Black Forest to the Black Knight.

  15. Black Knight of the Fountain

    The name given in the Welsh Triads to the Lord of the Fountain defeated by Owain. He is called Esclados by Chrétien de Troyes.

  16. Black Knight of the Mountain

    A British knight, enchanted in some manner, who attended the trail of Isolde in Cornwall.