King Arthur and the knights of the round table. The reason given for choosing a round table was that no knight would have precedence by sitting closer to the king than the others. That would only work if King Arthur sat in the middle. So is this what he did? Was there a hole in the middle of the table where the king sat? How did he get to it? Did he crawl underneath the table, climb over, was there a channel he could walk through, or maybe a segment pulled out to allow access. What about the knights behind him? They'd be presented with the back of his head, which would make the jesting awkward. Thinking about it, it would make more sense if the table was piece of pie shaped. King Arthur would sit at the pointy end, while the knights all sat around the outer edge.