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Charlemagne VS King Arthur by cabepfir Charlemagne VS King Arthur by cabepfir
The two grandfathers of Medieval Europe
King Arthur and Charlemagne are the founding figures at the origin of the two main cycles of epic/romance poetry, the Arturian cycle (or matter of Britain) and the Carolingian cycle (or matter of France.) The Carolingian cycle continued to be developed until the beginning of XVII century, producing masterpieces from the Song of Roland to the Orlando Furioso. The Arthurian cycle was rekindled during the XIX century and continues to present days; I'd like to see a similar attention for the Carolingian cycle.

King Arthur and Charlemagne playing chess was a very old idea of mine... dating back some three years at least. I finally did it for the Historical Characters series.

For the first time, I show you something I inked with a tablet! :)
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Monguin Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If any of you are Dungeons and Dragons fans, Charlemagne is where the term, Paladin came from. There was a legend called Charlemagne and the 12 Paladins, a French legend.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Erh... Charlemagne was a real king and he really did have knights at his service, called paladins (from Latin comes Palatinus "earl of the Palace", from Palatium Imperial court). It is not a legend. Roland's death at Roncevaux was then turned into a legend, but it started with an historical event.
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Monguin Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that's kind of what legends are according to some people. They're stories based on actual events.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Your previous message seemed to imply that Charlemagne was a legend.
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Monguin Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had little knowledge of the story. Thank you.
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ugtpwnd Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
If only the matters of France (Song of Roland, Orlando Innamorato, and Orlando Furioso) were as popular as King Arthur.

I want my Bradamant fanart, dammit!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed!

Who knows if I'll have the inspiration for a Bradamante fanart, but that's a cool idea!
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ugtpwnd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Bradamante's definitely somebody you think would be more popular.

She's like a medieval Samus from Metroid.

(but without all that Other M bullshit).
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
She was definitely popular between 1400-1600 ;)

I didn't know who Samus was. Thanks for the reference!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
 Now this is a match for the ages, but all things being equal I'm backing The Wart because bigad I'm British and proud of it!;) (Wink) 
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