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Originally posted by Essan
The Round Table, Camelot, and the likes of Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad are all medieval inventions. It's a bit like trying to find evidence for the existence of a soldier called Sharpe, or a sailor called Hornblower, in Napoleonic times (both being fictional characters appearing in historical novels).
The character of 'King' Arthur likewise is a medieval invention, but in this case there is at least evidence he was based on a real person who lived in the 5th century and fought a number of succesful battles, notably at a place known as Badon (possibly Bath?) in which the Saxons suffered a major defeat. He was not himself a king, but may have taken command of the combined armies of the various British kings (this being a celtic tradition in times of major conflict) who were at that time fighting the Picts, Irish (Scots) and Saxons. Or possibly he acted as a mercenary for different kings at different times. Either way, he built up a reputation as a fearsome warrior. Though probably not as righteous and noble as later legend paints him
Originally posted by D4rk Kn1ght
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Arthur means 'Bear' in ancient welsh. thats right, arthur wasn't his name it was a battle name. He was called the Bear, or in ancient brythonic 'arthur'. He was no knight in armor, he was a tribe leader in leather and skins around 500 AD. Yes you read that right. He was an ancient king of a land that now is part of north wales called Powys.
His real name was Owain Ddantgwyn - you can find proof of his life in the Welsh annals - Oh and the isle of Avalon was and is Anglesy.
Do a quick bit of research, maybe go to the Bod libary here at oxford - you can if you speak modern / read modern welsh speak ancient brythonic. Yep it survived to this very day. Interesting hey? Hope that helped clear it all up.
There were no Knights in shining armor, but there was a mighty King with a mighty group of soldiers who fought with him. Oh and this will also help. The translations were wrong when the did the story of arthur - he didn't take the sword from the STONE, he took the sword from the SAXON. In brythonic the words are almost identical and very easy to mix up. So there you go. They found written documented proof of this man, his kingdom, his people, his battle name, and what happend when he died. He was taken to the Isle of Anglesey to a convent famed for its abilities to heal people.