Arthur, King of the Britons, is a literary character known for creating a peaceful Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Some like to believe he is real, and for centuries historians and conspiracy theorists alike have been attempting to find relics of Arthur at places like Cadbury Hill and the Isle of Glass. Though Arthur cannot be proven because he is fictional, he is a very popular subject for authors and screenwriters. Books such as The Once and Future King by T. H. White have been renowned as classics by many, and there had been much popularity found in movies, TV shows, and musicals, such as the film Excalibur, BBC’s Merlin, and Monty Python’s Spamalot. The legend of King Arthur is a tale known and told by many. According to legend, around 500 A.D., Europe was in chaos and war for many years until one man pulled a sword out of a stone and created a land of peace.In Quest For A King, Catherine M. Andronik states:
On a rocky seacoast in southwester England sands the ruins of a castle. Below the
steep cliff the waves crash and echo in the caves the water had carved out of solid
rock. The location is dramatic; the ideal birthplace for a person destined to
become subject of legends. The ruins of the cliff are supposed to be those of
Tintagel, where Arthur was born. (23)
Arthur’s father, King Uther, originally made a deal with Merlin so that when Merlin granted him a son, the son would be taken by Merlin away from Camelot to be given whatever upbringing Merlin thought was proper (Arthurian 1). Merlin supposedly brought Arthur to be raised by Sir Ector, who had a son named Kay, but stayed there with Arthur and taught hm many skills: how to ride a horse, swim, shoot a bow, and even talk to animals. Mer…
…say whether Arthur Pendragon is indeed real or just a literary character, but the themes of his stories are present today, and writers use the characters of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, as well as the ideas in Arthurian Legends, in many ways. He will always been known as Arthur Pendragon, king of the Britons, ruler of the peaceful kingdom of Camelot, for as long as people continue to love him and tell his stories. And so, real or not real, Arthur left his mark on the world forever.
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Dixon-Kennedy, Mike. Heroes of the Round Table. London: Blandford, 1997. Print.
Goodrich, Norma Lorre. Merlin. New York: Harper, 1987. Print.
Nardo, Don. King Arthur. New York: Thomson Gale, 2003. Print.