|Richard Harris as Arthur|
Perhaps it was because there was such emphasis on the scene that I noticed the Round Table as I did. If you look at it, it seems to be striped green and white, coming out a central design. At one end, there is a large block-y square, near where Arthur stands. I have a unique perspective from a lobby still above that gives a better view of this.
|The Winchester Table|
Alone, this is not unique alone. But like I said, I'm a little more familiar with the Arthur legend than most. For a while, one of the candidates for the "real" Round Table is a round table that sits, mounted, in the Great Hall of Winchester Castle. It is painted a glorious green and white, with a lovely central design, and a large block towards one end, where actually an image of King Arthur is painted.
|King Edward I|
|Winchester Castle Great Hall|
I think that it is fairly clear that the designers of the film's Round Table turned to this copy of the Table for the inspiration. I don't know whether the Table's authenticity had been disproved by the 1960's, but even if it was, the makers would have known how recognizable it is. Furthermore, their modified design, which is not a direct copy of the design on the Winchester Table, is based on a historical piece, of sorts, even if its not the real deal. You know that I always think it's interesting when you can point to the origin of a prop's design, and I think in this instance, when a prop's design was based on a prop of sorts from the Middle Ages, the story is quite fascinating.