He is one of Arthur's loyal allies in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae, and maintains this position in much later Arthurian literature. He helps Arthur and Kay fight the Giant of Mont St. Michel, and joins Arthur in his war against Emperor Lucius of Rome. In several English versions of Arthur's death including Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and the Alliterative Morte Arthure, Bedivere and Arthur are among the few survivors of the Battle of Camlann. After the battle, at the request of the mortally wounded king, Bedivere throws Excalibur back to the Lady of the Lake. He then enters a hermitage where he spends the remainder of his life.
In the Monty Python 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, "Sir Bedevere the Wise" is played by Terry Jones, and in the Broadway musical Spamalot, he was originally played by Steve Rosen. He is portrayed as a master of the extremely odd logic of ancient times, claiming at one point "...and that is how we know the earth to be banana-shaped." While his logic is fairly bizarre (he condemns a woman to death for being a witch due to her weighing as much as a duck), he is extremely loyal to Arthur and is the only other main character to be with Arthur at the end of the film, in which he is arrested by the police along with hundreds of other knights. His denouement is somewhat more nebulous in the musical but does involve a tambourine and lots of rhinestones.
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