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King Arthur: real or not? The Logic Ninja - 19/04/2004 01:16:21 PM

The did-Jesus-thread got me thinking about King Arthur. I don't know that much about evidence for *him*, either--from the searching I've done it could go either way, really.


There is mention of an Arthur, well, Arth Fawr, in the Welsh Mabinogion, a collection of tales--of course, those are just that: stories.

There's been a sixth-century slate found in Cornwall, reading Artognou, father of a descendant of Coll, has had this built. An Arthur? The Arthur? Many historians feel it can't be so, since otherwise, any mentions of Arthurs are from the 12th century.

There's more, but it's all vague. So, what do you think? Was there a Historical King Arthur? Were there *several* Arthurs, or non-Arthurs, that some of the stories are based on? Or are they just myths, drawing on country stories and previous myth?





I am not yet born, console me.
I fear that the human race may with tall walls wall me,
with strong drugs dope me, with wise lies lure me,
on black racks rack me, in blood-baths roll me.




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King Arthur: real or not? - 19/04/2004 01:16:21 PM 195 Views
But, I bought a Round Table on Ebay *NM* - 19/04/2004 01:17:51 PM 6 Views
Mine had a sword stuck in it. *NM* - 19/04/2004 10:54:28 PM 4 Views
*counts his money* - 20/04/2004 04:44:29 AM 5 Views
I think there prolly was... - 19/04/2004 01:18:31 PM 18 Views
I doubt it - 19/04/2004 01:26:01 PM 35 Views
That isn't surprising. - 19/04/2004 01:27:36 PM 21 Views
oooh - 19/04/2004 01:29:13 PM 19 Views
Just a tuppence - 19/04/2004 01:32:00 PM 17 Views
*sigh* - 19/04/2004 01:33:34 PM 15 Views
I saw somewhere - 19/04/2004 02:50:44 PM 12 Views
lol - 19/04/2004 03:13:25 PM 10 Views
*looks sheepish* no but i will look for you. - 19/04/2004 03:40:36 PM 7 Views
lol. it isn't very important - 19/04/2004 04:29:23 PM 6 Views
Re: King Arthur: real or not? - 19/04/2004 01:27:47 PM 18 Views
But is that a "King Arthur"? - 19/04/2004 01:31:11 PM 14 Views
well, I dont' think a "historical King Arthur" ever existed - 19/04/2004 02:06:29 PM 8 Views
As far as I know - 19/04/2004 01:37:41 PM 17 Views
Would you like to buy a Round Table? Special price for you my friend - 19/04/2004 03:31:14 PM 10 Views
Only if you throw in Excalibur too - 20/04/2004 11:10:48 AM 12 Views
*ROAR!* - 20/04/2004 07:59:42 PM 8 Views
eek - 21/04/2004 10:05:07 AM 8 Views
Indisputably Real - 19/04/2004 01:55:18 PM 43 Views
Well - 19/04/2004 01:56:41 PM 15 Views
I think there is some historical basis - 19/04/2004 05:18:44 PM 9 Views
Arthur Real but not like in the stories - 19/04/2004 07:42:39 PM 8 Views
nice post - 19/04/2004 09:24:46 PM 11 Views
There probably was a leader between 400 and 700 ad called Artur. - 19/04/2004 09:38:41 PM 15 Views
There were probably several. - 20/04/2004 03:54:48 AM 9 Views
Real! - 19/04/2004 11:11:44 PM 7 Views
Yay! Arthur! - 19/04/2004 11:12:54 PM 5 Views
Yes and no - 20/04/2004 04:47:03 AM 10 Views
Saw a show on the History Channel - 22/04/2004 02:47:47 AM 6 Views
Maybe it was Arthur Dent. - 22/04/2004 04:16:22 PM 6 Views