Medieval Mondays: King Arthur

La Joie de Vivre

Excalibur

How many books, television shows, documentaries, and movies have been made about King Arthur and his Knights? Too many to count! Some of the most famous include: Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Mort d’Arthur, T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. The legend of Arthur, the Round Table, Excalibur, Guinivere, Lancelot, Morgan Le Fay, and the Holy Grail have been told and retold.

Personally, the story never gets old. However, over the years, historians have determined that it is hard to decipher which portions of the Arthurian legend are merely stories and which are actually based on fact. Where does history end and myth begin? Was there a historical figure named Arthur, and what courageous acts led him to father such a legend?

One of the main theories regarding the personhood of King Arthur comes from a battle which took…

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