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Was William Marshal the inspiration for Ser Arthur Dayne?

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Or perhaps another famous knight.

I know Memory, Sorrow, and Thorne has a sword that was forged from a falling star named dorn...

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The name kind of gives it away -- you need to look to Arthurian tales to find a knight of the kind of splendor and renown of Arthur Dayne. A bit of King Arthur, for the magical and legendary sword side of things, and a goodly dollop of Lancelot, for the "chevalier sans peur et sans reproche". Sir Camaris, who you reference, could well have been an influence as well.

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1 hour ago, Ran said:

The name kind of gives it away -- you need to look to Arthurian tales to find a knight of the kind of splendor and renown of Arthur Dayne. A bit of King Arthur, for the magical and legendary sword side of things, and a goodly dollop of Lancelot, for the "chevalier sans peur et sans reproche". Sir Camaris, who you reference, could well have been an influence as well.

I suspect that the Lancelot parallel runs much deeper than mere martial ability, and, once revealed, this may provide a different context on the events leading up to Robert's Rebellion.

Edited by Free Northman Reborn

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William Marshall was very much a mercenary in his early life, especially as a professional jouster going from tourney to tourney. He only settled down after he combined his earned wealth with marriage to an heiress and then pursued a career as a military commander and advisor to the Kings of England. At this current state of knowledge, to try and link the inspiration of Sir Arthur Dayne to any English myth or history should be tentative, as it could just as easily be argued that he resembles Roland or El Cid or du Guesclin or any number of mythical and historical figures in Medieval Europe.

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