The Lady of the Lake is Scott's epic medieval romantic poem about the legendary court of King Arthur. First published in 1810, it has inspired numerous adaptations, both written and in film. [Illustration by Walter Crane in 1911, King Arthur asks the Lady of the Lake for the sword, Excalibur]
"Argument. The scene of the following Poem is laid chiefly in the vicinity of Loch Katrine, in the Western Highlands of Perthshire. The time of Action includes Six Days, and the transactions of each Day occupy a Canto."