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In the Arthurian legend, the symbol of the common purpose of Arthur's court and knights. According to Malory it was made for Uther Pendragon who gave it to King Lodegrean (or Leodegrance), ...

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

... Table In Arthurian lore, the Round Table is sometimes used as a term for King Arthur 's court. One hundred and fifty knights sat around the actual table at Camelot , which had been made by Merlin for Arthur's father, Uther...

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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2003

... Table . A large oak table-top, six metres wide, is displayed in the Great Hall of Winchester Castle (Hampshire) as being Arthur 's Round Table. It was made in the 14th century, possibly for Edward III , who in 1344 planned to found an ‘Order of the Round Table’. A design was painted on it on the orders of Henry VIII in 1522 ; at the centre is the Tudor rose, and at the top a ‘portrait’ of Arthur modelled on Henry himself. A central inscription reads: ‘This is the rownde table of kynge Arthur w[ith] xxiiii of hys namyde knyttes’; the names are written...

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A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Language reference
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89 words

... Table [Leg. & Folk.] The table at which King *Arthur and his knights sat so that none should have precedence, and which came to represent their chivalric fellowship. It was first mentioned in Wace's Roman de Brut ( 1155 ). > Used (often in the phrase ‘Knights of the Round Table’) to represent a brotherhood or fellowship, or the idea of chivalry These beloved colleagues remind me of a multicultural Knights of the Round Table. They launch quests for what is right and what is just. Afterimage ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Literature
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114 words

... Table In the Arthurian legend, the symbol of the common purpose of Arthur's court and knights. According to Malory (in Vinaver's Tale 1) it was made for Uther Pendragon who gave it to King Lodegrean of Camelerde (Cornwall). The latter gave it as a wedding gift, with 100 knights, to Arthur when he married Guinevere, his daughter. It would seat 150 knights, and all places round it were equal. The ‘Siege Perilous’ was reserved for the knight who should achieve the quest of the Grail . In Laȝamon 's Brut , however, the table was made for Arthur by a...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
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114 words

... Table In the Arthurian legend, the symbol of the common purpose of Arthur's court and knights. According to Malory (in Vinaver's Tale 1) it was made for Uther Pendragon who gave it to King Lodegrean of Camelerde (Cornwall). The latter gave it as a wedding gift, with 100 knights, to Arthur when he married Guinevere, his daughter. It would seat 150 knights, and all places round it were equal. The ‘Siege Perilous’ was reserved for the knight who should achieve the quest of the Grail . In Laȝamon 's Brut , however, the table was made for Arthur by a...

Algonquin Round Table

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

...Round Table An informal group of US literati who met daily for lunch on weekdays at a large round table at the Algonquin Hotel, New York City, in the 1920s and 1930s. The Algonquin Round Table first met in 1919 , and its members soon included some of the best-known writers, journalists and artists in New York, among them Dorothy Parker ( 1893–1967 ), Alexander Woollcott ( 1887–1943 ), Heywood Broun ( 1888–1939 ), Robert Benchley ( 1889–1945 ), Robert Sherwood ( 1896–1955 ), George S. Kaufman ( 1889–1961 ), Franklin P. Adams ( 1881–1960 ),...

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Andrew F. Smith

Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City

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Current Version:
2016

...and as the group increased in size, guests moved chairs from other tables, causing a traffic problem for other guests and staff. Case moved them to the smaller Pergola Room (the now defunct Oak Room) and seated them at a long rectangular table. But the group continued to grow, so Case moved them back to The Rose Room, this time seating them at a round table in the corner. The group continued to lunch together at the Algonquin for the next ten years. Core members of the Algonquin Round Table included George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Harold Ross, Robert E....

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Literature
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...Round Table , informal meeting place in the dining room of the Algonquin Hotel (New York City), mainly from the 1920s through the 1940s, of a lively, witty group, whose participants included Franklin P. Adams, Robert Benchley, Heywood Broun, Marc Connelly, Russel Crouse, George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Robert E. Sherwood, Frank Sullivan, and Alexander...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
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56 words

...Round Table , informal meeting place in the dining room of the Algonquin Hotel (New York City), mainly from the 1920s through the 1940s, of a lively, witty group, whose participants included Franklin P. Adams , Robert Benchley , Heywood Broun , Marc Connelly , Russel Crouse , George S. Kaufman , Dorothy Parker , Robert E. Sherwood , Frank Sullivan , and Alexander Woollcott...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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2,630 words

... 1925 , with an editorial board hastily assembled from his Round Table friends. Woollcott and Parker became closely associated with the magazine, Woollcott for his “Shouts and Murmurs” column and Parker for her stories and reviews, but the board made its influence felt mostly in the form of an attitude, an ethos. The promotion of that attitude is the Round Table's real achievement. What defined the Round Table's ethos? First, a respect for the hard, cold facticity of life and language. The Round Table prized precision and scorned vagueness. They came together...

Round Table, The

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
Length:
80 words

... Table, The ( 1863–69 ), New York weekly journal of opinion, had an informal staff of contributors, rather than a regular corps of editors. Its chief interest was in literary criticism, which it insisted must be from the American point of view. Among the contributors were R.H. Stoddard , Aldrich , Stedman , William Winter , and M.D. Conway . Publication was suspended ( 1864–65 ), and when a new group came into control ( 1866 ), the magazine lost its vigorously critical...

Round Table Conferences

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
History
Length:
103 words

... Table Conferences The meetings held in London (1930–32) between Britain and Indian representatives to discuss Indian constitutional developments. The procedure was suggested by the viceroy, Lord Irwin, in 1929 . Congress boycotted the first session (November 1930–January 1931), but, following the Gandhi–Irwin Pact (March 1931), Mahatma Gandhi attended the second session (September–December 1931). With the renewal of the non-cooperation campaign, Gandhi was imprisoned and Congress took no part in the final session (November–December 1932). The constitutional...

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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297 words

...Round Table Conferences A series of conferences held in London to discuss a revision of India's constitution. It was based upon the 1929 Irwin Declaration, in which the Viceroy, Irwin (later known as Halifax ), declared that India's constitutional progress pointed to Dominion status. This reiterated a statement by the then Secretary of State for India, Montagu, made in 1917 . However, awarding India Dominion status was controversial after the 1926 Imperial Conference had defined it as a status of total domestic and external autonomy. Irwin hoped to...

Round Table, Knights of the

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
574 words

...of the table. A work of Merlin and intended for Uther , Arthur 's father, it is reminiscent of the table of the Last Supper and the table of the Grail : in memory of the traitor Judas , one seat will remain vacant until the coming of the elect knight who, thanks to his perfect virtue , will also be able to sit at the Grail table. Érec et Énide , first of the Arthurian romances , lists the knights of the Round Table. Gauvain , the king's nephew, is cited first: “sun of chivalry ”, he is the yardstick by which the worth of every new arrival is...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Bilingual dictionaries
Length:
6 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
98 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
70 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
66 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
120 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
36 words

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