legends of King Arthur are among the most enduring of all time. For centuries,
artists, writers and most recently filmmakers have drawn inspiration from
the dramatic tales of heroism and valour that are based on King Arthur.
But where did it all come from? It is entirely likely that King Arthur
is the imaginary creation of a twelfth century priest named Geoffrey of
Monmouth. Yet historians have discovered that the legends may have a historical
a 'real' Arthur did live, he would have existed sometime in the fifth
or sixth centuries, when historic documentation would have been impeded
by the invasions of 'barbarian' tribes such as the Saxons.
Accounts of battles between the Britons and the Saxons describe a heroic leader who on occasion led the Britons to victory. However none of these accounts describe Arthur as a King, nor were they written during the time that Arthur was supposed to have lived. Celtic histories and legends are full of tales and references to figures that might represent the origin of King Arthur.