Lancelot quotes

[voiceover] By 300 AD, the Roman Empire extended from Arabia to Britain; but they wanted more. More land. More people's loyalty and subservience to Rome. But no people were so important as the powerful Sarmatians to the east. Thousands died in that field. And when the smoke cleared on the fourth day, the only Sarmatian soldiers left alive were members of the decimated but legendary cavalry. The Romans, impressed by their bravery and horsemanship, spared their lives. In exchange, these warriors were incorporated into the Roman military. Better they had died that day...For the second part of the bargain they struck, indebted not only themselves...... but also their sons. And their sons' sons and so on, to serve the Roman Empire as knights.I was such a son. Our post was Britain – or at least the southern half. For the land was divided by a seventy-three mile wall, built three centuries before us, to protect the empire from the native fighters of the North. So, as our forefathers have done, we made our way and reported to our Roman commander in Britain – ancestrally named for the first, Artorius – or, Arthur.

(Young Lancelot) Father!Father... they are here.

(Young Lancelot) Don't be afraid. I will return.

(Young Lancelot) How long shall we be gone?

He’s called Merlin. A dark magician, some say.

Well if this woman of Gawain’s is as beautiful as he claims, I expect to be spending a lot of time at Gawain’s house. His wife will welcome the company.

(to Gawain) Wondering at your good fortune that all your children look like me.

What will you do, Arthur, when you return to your beloved Rome?

You and your God. You disturb me.

(about Rome) A breeding ground of arrogant fools?

(asking Arthur) ...And the women?

Saxons only claim what they kill.

Come. Let’s leave Roman business to Romans. (takes a sip from his goblet)

(against Roman soldier) Best of three.

When are you going to leave Bors and come home with me, huh? (tries to kiss her neck)

Why do you always talk to God and not to me? Pray. (gestures for ARTHUR to continue) To whomever you pray that we don't cross the Saxons.

I don't like anything that puts a man on his knees.

To try and get past the Woads in the north is insanity!

Tell me. Do you believe in this mission?

I don't care about your charge. And I don't give a damn about Romans, Britain, or this island.

If you desire to spend eternity in this place, Arthur, then so be it. But suicide cannot be chosen for another!

No, I choose life! And freedom! (slams hand down on the stables) for myself and the men! (angry sigh)

Arthur, you fight for a world that will never exist. Never. There will always be a battlefield.

I will die in battle. Of that I'm certain. Now hopefully, a battle of my choosing.But, if it be this one, grant me a favor: don't bury me in our sad little cemetery.Burn me.Burn me, and cast my ashes to a strong east wind.

And that’s the summer.

Hey Bors. You intend on taking Vanora and all your little bastards back home?

That’s interesting. I thought you couldn’t count.

(talking about Bors' child number three) That’s because he’s mine.

Well, you’re about to give it to the Saxons.

The work of your God. Is this how he answers your prayers?

(after stabbing a monk) Not my god!

We’re moving too slow. The girl’s not going to make it and neither is the boy. The family we can protect, but we’re wasting time with all these people.

If the Saxons find us, we will have to fight.

Is this Rome’s quest? Or Arthur’s?

I don't believe in heaven. I've been living in this hell. (cheeky grin and shifty eyebrows) But if you represent what heaven is, then take me there.

Rain and snow at once. A bad omen.

We sacrifice goats, drank their blood, and danced naked round fires.

What I do remember.... Home...oceans of grass from horizon to horizon, further than you can ride. The sky,bigger than you can imagine. No boundaries.

I've killed too many sons. What right do I have to my own?

I would have left you and the boy there to die.

Your hands seem to be better.

You look frightened.That’s a large number of lonely men out there.

Arthur. This is not Rome's fight. It is not your fight. All these long years we've been together, the trials we've faced, the blood we've shed... What was it all for, if not for the reward of freedom? And now when we are so close! When it is finally within our grasp - look at me! (grabs ARTHUR) Does it all count for nothing?

Then do not do this! Only certain death awaits you here. Arthur! I beg you! For our friendship's sake, I beg you.

(voiceover) For two hundred years knights have fought and died for a land not our own. But on that day at Badon Hill, all who fought put our lives in service of a greater cause: Freedom. And as for the knights who gave their lives, their deaths were cause for neither mourning nor sadness. For they live forever, their names and deeds handed down from father to son, mother to daughter, in the legends of King Arthur and his knights.

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