Lancelot and Guinevere

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Today we are looking at Lancelot and Guinevere.  Guinevere was still married when these two lovers got together.  As the queen, she commanded Lancelot to debase himself to prove his love over and over again.  She made a proud heroic knight walk into the prisoner cart to prove himself.  When she found out that he hesitated for only a second, she turned away from him in a hissy fit.  He was forced to beg and plead in order to retain her favor.  She constantly made him jump through hoops for her love and favor, and he did these tasks blindly for her.  He betrayed his king and country for her, and she betrayed her husband.   Lancelot and Guinevere both battled the guilt of their affair constantly, but they could not be denied.  After they were discovered, both were disgraced.  The two did not continue their love after the truth was learned.  Guinevere went to live in a convent and Lancelot wandered the world in shame.  Their love only held as long as they were sneaking around.  The thrill of getting away with something naughty was a major attraction for them.  As soon as the country learned of them, the affair ended.  Their love was about making a strong man become a lowly servant.  Then their love ended a great kingdom and left these two alone and shameful.  This sounds more like a tragedy than a romance as well.

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