Stories through the
- People first started to
write down stories about Arthur in the 10th century.
- The earliest stories
about Arthur are in a Welsh book called the 'Mabinogion'. This
book was for teaching people how to become bards.
- In 1136, a Welsh priest
named Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote a book in Latin called
"The History of the Kings of Britain". It was about
lots of British Kings, but mostly about King Arthur. He claimed the
stories he wrote were true.
- Throughout the middle
ages, French writers like Chrétien de Troyes wrote lots more
books about King Arthur (in French). They wrote as if Arthur
lived in the Middle Ages like them. They added new bits to the
story, like the Round Table, Sir Lancelot and the Holy Grail.
They also added the idea of 'Chivalry' (being brave, fighting
for right against wrong, having good manners & being nice
- In 1470, an English
knight named Sir Thomas Malory was thrown in prison because he
owed people money. It was very boring in prison, so he wrote a
long book called "The Death of Arthur". He wrote it
in English. It was one of the first books in Britain ever to
be printed instead of handwritten. There were lots of copies
available. So King Arthur stories became very popular with
- The Victorian poet,
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wrote a famous group of poems about
King Arthur and his knights called "The Idylls of the
- Lots of modern writers
still tell stories about King Arthur. There are now films too,
like "The Sword in the Stone", "Monty Python
& the Holy Grail", "Excalibur", "First Knight"
and "King Arthur".