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King Arthur - Celtic Mythology

Sometimes simply referred to as Arthur Pendragon, King Arthur is one of the most important figures in the mythology of Great Britain and usually confused with a real historic knight immortalized by the chronicles written by Geoffrey of Monmouth.

King Arthur is considered a classic of the Celtic Mythology, not a god but the personification of the ideal ruler. The story is based on a kid who has to learn all the way and take countless challenges to understand his own nature and that of the people that some day would call him their sovereign.

This way and according with old Welsh texts, his title of King is disputed, but literal translation of those ancient papers describe Arthur as the ameraudur-to-be, a sort of emperor in the period before the Middle Ages.

The stories of King Arthur are recorded in texts written prior to the 11th century, but compiled as a collection in the 14th century. In all sources, Arthur is described as King of the Britons and almost any other Celtic kingdom known during those early days.

Due to the poetic nature of the stories and the Dark Age society of that period of the time, researchers believe that Arthur was a real man. If so, he was chosen not as king but as the main character to develop this bardic story, in which many other mythical figures, including Merlin the Magician, are included.

Authorship of those stories did not belong to Geoffrey of Monmouth, who was the Archdeacon of Monmouth, later named Bishop of Saint Asaphs. According to his own testimony, Geoffrey introduced King Arthur in the British popular folklore around 1136, as a part of a work that he was writing titled "History of the Kings of Britain".

Geoffrey of Monmouth stated that such tales were taken from "a certain, very ancient book which was written in the British language", but not even today has anyone proven that King Arthur and all the mythical court around him existed as a real royal dynasty.


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