Arthur's Position and Background.
- Though most historians
agree that Arthur existed, they still argue about who he was.
- The monk Nennius says
that Arthur fought for the British kings and was their ‘Leader
in Battles’. Some people think this means he was a military
commander and not a king. Other people think it just means he
was the only king who was any good at fighting.
- In a book of Welsh
stories called the ‘Mabinogion,’ Arthur is definitely a
King living at Caerleon in South Wales. These were first
written down in the 10th century, but had been passed down
from father to son by generations of bards.
- The most popular legends
say that Arthur inherited the Kingdom of Britain from his
father. His parents were King Uther and Queen Igraine. Uther
is said to have been the brother of the British leader, Ambrosius.
- No-one knows where this
information about Arthur’s family originally came from. It
may have been remembered by the bards or written down in books
which no longer exist or someone may have made a guess.
- Some people think that
Arthur was not a King of all Britain, but one of the local
kings (or ‘tyrants’).
He would have ruled a small kingdom, perhaps in Wales or
Cornwall or the North of England. Over the centuries, stories
have changed and Arthur may appear to be more important than
he really was.
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