Arthur quotes

(Young Arthur) Mother! I'm finished.

(Young Arthur) I am to be their commander?

(Young Arthur) And what of their free will?

Why did Merlin send you south of the wall?

That’s not the bishop.

Bishop Germanius. Welcome to Britain. I see your military skills are still of use to you. Your device worked.

They do, but they occasionally venture south. Rome’s anticipated withdrawal from Britain has only increased their daring

Tristan, ride ahead and make sure the road is clear. Please do not worry, Bishop. We will protect you.

Give thanks to God that I survived to see it.

I want peace, Lancelot. I’ve had enough. You should visit me.

It’s a magnificent place, Rome. Ordered, civilized, advanced- The greatest minds of all the land have come together in one sacred place to help make mankind free.

Bishop, please, my quarters have been made available to you.

Let us not forget that we are the fortunate ones.

Let us raise our wine to those gallant and extraordinary men we have lost but who will be remembered for eternity.

They retain the religion of their forefathers. I’ve never questioned that

He took my father’s place for me. His teachings on free will and equality have been of great influence. I look forward to our reunion in Rome.

(looking at his knights) We have no secrets.

On this day. You ask this of my men, on this day?

They have risked their lives for fifteen years for a cause not of their own - and now, on the day they are to be liberated, you send them on a mission that is far more dangerous than any other they have undertaken. You tell me, Bishop. How do I go to my men and tell them instead of freedom, I offer death?

Everything I’ve done has been for the Church and for Rome. Do not mistake a loyal soldier for a fool, Germanius.

You think very hard upon our vow, Bishop, for I will hold you to it. Break it, and no Roman legion, papal army, nor God Himself will protect you. That is my word.

Knights. Brothers in arms. Your courage has been tested beyond all limits, but I must ask you now for one further trial.We must leave on a final mission for Rome before our freedom can be granted. Above the wall, there lies a Roman family in need of rescue. They are trapped by Saxons. Our orders are to secure their safety.

Bors, these are our orders. We leave at first light and when we return, your freedom will be waiting for you. A freedom we can embrace with

O merciful God, I have such need of Your mercy now. Not for myself, but for my knights, for this is truly their hour of need. Deliver them from their trials ahead and I will pay You a thousand fold with any sacrifice You ask of me. And if in Your wisdom, You should determine that sacrifice must be my life for theirs; so that they can once again taste the freedom that is so long been denied to them, I will gladly make that covenant. My death will have a purpose. I ask no more than that.

My faith is what protects me, Lancelot. Why do you challenge this?

No man fears to kneel before the God he trusts. Without faith, without belief in something, what are we?

These people need our help. It is out duty to bring-

And yet you choose death for this family!

How many times in battle have we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat? Outnumbered, outflanked, but still we triumph? With you at my side, we can do so again. Lancelot, we are knights. What other purpose do we serve if not for such a cause?

My duty is also to my men

I am Arthur Castus, commander of the Sarmatian knights and by Bishop Germanius of Rome. Open the gate.

Our orders are to evacuate you immediately.

Which is Alecto?

(about the saxons) They’re invading from the north.

They have. Us. We leave as soon as you’re packed.

If I fail to bring you and your son back, my men can never leave this land. (through gritted teeth) So you’re coming with me if I have to tie you to my horse and drag you all the way to Hadrian’s Wall myself. (mock bow) My lord. Lady, my knights are hungry.

What is this punishment for? (silence) Answer me!

I tell you now. Marius is not of God. And you - all of you - were free from your first breath.

Now hear me. A vast and terrible army is coming this way. They will show no mercy, spare no one. Those of you who are able should begin to gather your things and move south, towards Hadrian’s Wall. Those unable shall come with us. (to GANIS) You. Serve me now. Gather these people.

And the only way out is to the south?

They're coming with us.

See if there’s still any alive.

Water! Give me some water!

I’m a Roman officer. You’re safe now. (WOMAN tries to finger his cloak) You’re safe...

What is this madness?

You mean they refused to be your serfs!

Perhaps I should kill you now and seal my fate.

Then I shall grant His wish. (to KNIGHTS) Wall them back up.

We’re not leaving them

Then save your anger for them.

Some of your fingers are out of place. I have to push them back. If I don’t do this, there’s a chance you may never use them again.

(in response to Guinevere's statement) I am.

Really? And what did you hear?

Listen, Lady, do not pretend that you know anything about me or my men.

As many as tried to kill me. It's a natural state of any man to want to live.

We’ll sleep here. Take shelter in those trees. Tristan.

Your world, Merlin. Not mine. I shall be in Rome.

My knights trust me not to betray them to their enemy.

You tell that to the knights you killed before my eyes! Whose bones are buried in this earth!

You know nothing of the loss I speak! Shall I help you remember? An attack on a village. The screams of an innocent woman.

(voiceover) I ran to the burial mound of my father to free her. (back in present scene with MERLIN) To kill you.

(young Arthur)Father, please... let loose your sword.

I feel the heat of that fire on my face even now.

There is not destiny. There is only free will.

I'm sorry for your loss

The path he chose was beyond the reach of the church, Alecto

What, that some men are born to be slaves? No, that isn't true.

Pelagius, a man as close to me as any there is now teaching that all men are free. Equal. And that each of us has the right to choose his own destiny.

Get them all out of the carriages. Tell them to spread out.

Ganis, I need you to lead the people. The main Saxon army is inland so if you track the coastline until you’re well south of the wall, you’ll be safe.

No. You must bear witness to what you have seen.There’s one thing you must do, and that’s get back to Rome.

Hold until I give the command

I believe they’re waiting for an invitation. Bors, Tristan.

Aim for the wings of the ranks. Make them cluster

It’s not going to crack. Fall back. Fall back! (draws Excalibur) Prepare for combat.

Bishop Germanius. Friend of my father.

It was my father's wish that if he died on this island he would be buried with his knights.

It's a family tradition

Deeds in themselves are meaningless unless they are done for some higher purpose. We have waged a war to protect a Rome that doesn't exist. Is that the deed I am to be judged by?

Pelagius told me once there is no worse death, (voice breaks, he is obviously trying not to cry) than the end of hope.

Perhaps the curse is of our own making. And the blessing.

You ask me that. You who know me best of all?

You be my friend now and do not dissuade me. Seize the freedom you have earned and live it for the both of us. I cannot follow you, Lancelot. I now know that all the blood I have shed, all the lives I have taken have led me to this moment.

I fight for a cause beyond Rome’s or your understanding

I came to see your face, so that I alone may find you on the battlefield, and it would be good for you if you marked my face, Saxon, for the next time you see it, it will be the last thing you see on this earth.

Knights. The gift of freedom is yours by right. But the home we seek resides not in some distant land. It's in us! And in our actions on this day! If this be our destiny, then so be it. But let history remember that as free men, we chose to make it so.

It was my life to be taken! Not this! Never this!

My brave knights, I have failed you. I neither took you off this island, nor shared your fate.

Let every man, woman, child bear witness that from this day, all Britons will be united in one common cause.

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