Camelot is a royal court, fortress and castle associated with the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. First mentioned in 12th century French romances as the capital of the Arthurian realm, it came to symbolise an idealised lost world of courtly love, chivalry and honour.
No precise location was specified for Camelot in medieval literature, as it was originally portrayed more as an abstract concept than as a specific place.
In 1542 John Leland reported that Cadbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort near the Abbey of Glastonbury, was believed by the local people to have been Camelot. This may have been influenced by its proximity to villages called Queen Camel and West Camel.
This identification gained favour in the following centuries, despite rival claims from Tintagel in Cornwall and Caerleon in Wales. Although there is no conclusive evidence, Cadbury Castle still remains the principal candidate in the books on which our modern view of Camelot is based.
In Knight for a Day Henry's ultimate fantasy becomes a reality, and he attends a royal banquet with King Arthur and Queen Guinevere at the famous Round Table.
The unexpected irony is that Camelot is far from a paradise as Henry had imagined; it's a primitive and uncivilised place where uncouth, loutish knights discriminate against women and the lower social orders.
Henry is shocked by the ignorance, superstitious beliefs, cruelty, boring diet, brutish table manners and lack of basic hygiene or bathroom facilities.