Continuity mistake: In the scene where William is about to fight The Prince, William starts charging towards him. William is already past halfway there when The Prince sets off yet they seem to still make contact in the middle of the stadium. (01:05:20)
William Thatcher, a peasant, is sent to apprentice with a Knight named Hector as a young boy. Urged by his father to "change his Stars" he assumes Sir Hector's place in a tournament when Hector dies in the middle of it. He wins. With the other apprentices, he trains and assumes the title of Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein. By law, only Knights may compete. Being of humble birth, William acquires fake documents to support his new identity. At his first tournament, he meets the lovely Jocelyn who is a Lady and has no idea that William isn't noble. He also creates an enemy in Count Ademar, until then the best Knight in the games, and a rival for Jocelyn's affections. William goes on to win many tournaments and Jocelyn's love. Ademar discovers William's humble beginnings and turns him in. William is promptly arrested. The Black Prince Edward, who William had paid a past kindness to, makes William an official Knight of the Realm, thereby making it legal for him to compete. He beats Ademar, and he and Jocelyn celebrate.
Chaucer: Good people, I missed my introduction. But please... Please I pray you, hear it now, for I would lay rest the grace in my tongue and speak plainly. Days like these are far too rare to cheapen with heavy handed words, and so, I'm afraid without any ado whatsoever... Excuse me My Lord... Here he is, one of your own, born a stone's throw from this very stadium, and here before you now, the son of John Thatcher... Sir Wiiiiiilliam Thatcheeer.
Trivia: Several of the named knights were, in fact, real, though many of them are from different time periods. Ulrich von Lichtenstein was a knight and author who was said to have invented the concept of chivalry and courtly love. Piers Courtenay was a descendant of Edward I, born in the 15th Century. Sir Thomas Colville, Edward III's disguise, was a knight from the 13th Century.
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