The Roman ambassadors are described in the Morte as "twelve" and
"aged". They're not even given names when they have dialog. At first I was
going to do this one in shapes, and represent the ambassadors only as Roman
numerals with white beards. After all, I've warned you that I liked doing
crowd scenes in shapes. Then Jiminy Cricket told me I was being lazy.
By the way, though the majordomo here has appeared in several strips before now, it's never come out in dialog that he's Sir Lucan, Arthur's butler and Bedivere's brother. Just to put a name to the face.
Anyway. So here starts the Roman War.
The Roman War is one of eight "books" making up the Vinaver edition of Malory (though it doesn't make up an eighth of the text by pagecount). Caxton left out much of what was in Malory's manuscript (and I'm pretty much working from the Caxton edition, the online version linked below). Malory was the first or one of the first romancers to put the Roman War at the beginning of Arthur's reign. In earlier sources it's the war with Rome during which Mordred makes his final bid for power. Nowadays the warring across the Channel at the end of Arthur's reign is more often with Lancelot.
Here at AKOTAS the Roman war'll last till something like half a year from now.
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Arthuriana sources I use or recommend:
Arthuriana - the Journal of Arthurian Studies; the website of the quarterly journal of the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society.
The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester.
Camelot In Four Colors: A Survey of the Arthurian Legend in Comics
Mystical-WWW - The Arthurian A2Z knowledge Bank which has encyclopedically-arranged entries on the characters of the Arthurian legends.
Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table, Volume 1 and Volume 2.