In Welsh tradition there is no hint that Mordred is a dishonest traitor. The Annales Cambriae records the battle of Camlann, "in which Arthur and Medraut fell" in the year 537, and includes no details describing whether the two fought each other, whether they were related, or what the circumstances of the battle were. In another Welsh text, the Dream of Rhonabwy, we learn that bad blood erupts in an already tense diplomatic relationship between Arthur and his nephew Medrawd because of a messenger, Iddawg, the "Churn of Britain" who is eager for battle. Iddawg delivers Arthur's kind request for peace in the "rudest possible way," and thus causes the war.
In the Historia Regnum Brittonum of 1136, Geoffrey of Monmouth first makes Mordred the traitor causing the downfall of Camelot and the death of Arthur. The villain is as yet Arthur's nephew, the youngest son of King Lot and Anna, King Arthur's half-sister. Interestingly, he fills the adulterous role with Guinevere that Lancelot will eventually play. While Arthur is away fighting the Roman general Lucius, Mordred marries Guinevere and attempts to claim Arthur's...
Arthurian Passages from The History of the Kings of Britain - 1848 (Author)
The Death of Arthur [by Wace] - 1962 (Editor, Translator)
by Geoffrey of Monmouth(Author), Emily Rebekah Huber (Translator)
by Geoffrey of Monmouth(Author), J. A. Giles (Editor)
by Anonymous (Author), Alan Lupack (Translator)
by Wilfred Campbell LL.D.(Author)
by Arthur Rackham
by N. C. Wyeth