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King Arthur

Breton: Roue Arzhur | Cornish: Arthur Gernow | Welsh: Y Brenin Arthwr
Arrtor, Art, Arther, Arthour, Arthoure, Arthoures, Arthours, Arthure, Arthus, Arthyr, Artijus, Artor, Artouret, Artourys, Artouzos, Artu, Artui, Artus, Artusin, Artuurs, Artuxe, Artuz, Athyr, Hartu, Ortus

A legendary British leader in the late fifth and early sixth centuries, and is said to have led the defence against Saxon invaders. Whether he was a real person or not has been under debate for many years, and will continue to be. In any event, the legend will live on and fascinate those who get in contact with him, Queen Guenevere, the famous knights, the Round Table, the Grail…

In history, Arthur was likely a Briton war-leader who staved off the Saxon invasion of Britain for a time. In legend, he becomes a great king; the conqueror of dozens of realms; the ruler of the fantasy realm of Camelot; the founder of the Round Table; and the bastion of justice in a “might is right” world. His downfall is wrought by the people closest to him: his wife, Guenevere; his best knight, Lancelot; his nephew, Gawain; his sister, Morgan; and his son, Mordred. He perishes during a great battle against the latter, who has usurped his throne, but legend holds that he still lives on the island of Avalon, from which he will return to lead his people again.

  1. Historicity
  2. Character
  3. The Name
  4. Origins of the Legend
  5. The Legend
  6. Arthur’s Life
  7. Battles
  8. The Grave
  9. Legends of Arthur’s return
  10. Insignia
  11. Dates and Survival; Family and Retainers
  12. Arthur in Literature and Tradition
  13. Attraction of the Legend of Arthur and Arthurian Revival
  14. Characters, Places and Items directly connected to Arthur
  15. King Arthur – Content

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King Arthur | Artist: Nightbringer/Pixlr (AI generated)