King Arthur

Immortal Medieval King of England

King Arthur

The historical fiction of King Arthur not only refers to the historic Dark-Age of England (circa 500 AD), but as literature his legend used cultural allegory and philosophical metaphor. As the economic and political system of the Roman Empire was collapsing, with the Empire’s treasury too depleted to pay military armies anymore, regional leaders in England were left to their own devices. The ‘Sword in the Stone’ legend combined the mythical concept that a royal orphan could by fate and the wisdom of sages, be hidden and later discovered when the people needed a hero to lead them, despite the corrupt grid-lock of the existing system. Excalibur was the symbol of divine right of champions to win popularity by force and fate.

Medieval swords were important chivalry symbols; the Celtic long sword with Spanish and Germanic influence was given a hilt, replacing the earlier Roman short sword (gladius). The ‘Round Table’ showed that rulers could use a council of ‘equals’, rather than just dictatorship. The Christian legend of the ‘Quest for the Holy Grail’ again reflected divine right, which was a common theme during the later Crusades. The history of King Arthur deals with Celtic, Roman, Pagan, Christian, and Anglo-Saxon-Jute political, cultural, and migration issues.

Barbarian & Viking

The last Pagan invasions & migrations 300-600-700-800 AD

Web List of King Arthur books and films

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