Black Knights, Green Knights, Knights of Color All A-Round: Race and the Round Table

Elodie Under Glass

 

“AND BY HIM PALOMIDES, HELMET OFF HE FOUGHT”, Florence Harrison, 1914. From the Robbins Library Camelot Project.

If you enjoy this post, you may also wish to partake of its sequel, “The Bowl, the Ram and the Folded Map.”

Since it seems like some sad internet people are mad that a man of color is going to play a role in a modern adaptation of the King Arthur mythos, I thought I would drop some classical-education truthbombs about the 5-ish Known Men Of Color in King Arthur.

First off, six percent of the Knights of the Round Table were men of color. Granted, that’s only three out of 49 men, but the entire expanded United States Congress is hovering around 13% people of color and only has one black Senator.  See the man in Figure One? He’s Sir Palamedes the Saracen, and he’s pretty colorful. See this guy?

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One thought on “Black Knights, Green Knights, Knights of Color All A-Round: Race and the Round Table

  1. Thanks for posting this! Reading about Sir Morien and the Green Knight was just fascinating. I really want to read more about it.
    Though, I guess I missed somewhere HOW exactly that Harry Potter debate started. Anywhoo… =]

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