Some of the most recognizable names of the Knights of the Round Table are Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain and Sir Galahad. The Knights of the Round Table were chosen by King Arthur and were the considered the most honorable and powerful knights of the realm.
The legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is immortalized in texts such as Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte d'Arthur." Malory, writing while imprisoned during the English War of the Roses in the late 15th century, tells of Arthur and his knights' quest for the Holy Grail.
According to Malory's tales, Arthur's knights were bound by a strict set of codes. Some of the rules of the order were to avoid committing treason and murder, and never to enter into battle over love or material possessions.
Sir Lancelot features prominently in Malory's stories and is probably the most famous of Arthur's knights. Lancelot's exploits, including those about his love affair with Arthur's Queen Guinivere, are a popular focal point.
Sir Gawain also features in many stories in Malory's saga. Gawain's most famous story, however, is centered on his battle with the Green Knight as told in a epic poem by Pearl Poet in the late 14th century.
Sir Galahad is best known for being the knight who ultimately finds the Holy Grail. Once he sees the grail, he asks to die peacefully, which he is granted.