Could the Black Knight have survived to bite King Arthur’s legs off?

Nathaniel MORRIS


The paper examines the feasibility of the Black Knight surviving to the end of the duel with King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. By looking into the blood loss accrued when each limb is chopped off the level of haemorrhaging is found throughout the scene. Given the blood loss he would have sustained it is unclear as to whether the Black Knight would have been able to survive until the end of the scene. However, he would have certainly lost consciousness and died seconds after the fade to black.


Film; Biology; Health; Blood loss; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; The Black Knight

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