Origin of LancelotOFr, double diminutive from Lance from Old High German Lanzo, literally , landed from lant, land
Arthurian Legend the most celebrated of the Knights of the Round Table, and the lover of Guinevere
In Arthurian legend, a Knight of the Round Table whose love affair with Queen Guinevere resulted in a war with King Arthur.
From Old French Lancelot, from Frankish Lanzo, pet name for male names beginning in Land-, and Old French diminutive endings -el and -ot.
- He composed the following operas: Sardanapale (1867), Le Dernier jour de Pompei (1869), Dimitri (1876), La Reine Berthe (1878), Le Chevalier Jean (1885), Lancelot (1900).
- Lancelot, however, is not an original member of the cycle, and the development of his story is still a source of considerable perplexity to the critic.
- Briefly summarized, the outline of his career, as given in the German Lanzelet and the French prose Lancelot, is as follows: Lancelot was the only child of King Ban of Benoic and his queen Helaine.
- In the prose Lancelot his education is complete, he knows his name and parentage, though for some unexplained reason he keeps both secret, and he goes with a fitting escort and equipment to Arthur's court to demand knighthood.
- In the prose version, Lancelot, from his first appearance at court, conceives a passion for the queen, who is very considerably his senior, his birth taking place some time after her marriage to Arthur.