King Arthur Facts

King Arthur Facts
King Arthur was a fictional British leader from the late 5th and early 6th centuries, known as the ruler of Camelot, who has become legendary due to the folklore surrounding his history. King Arthur was described in the History of the Britons by Ninnius in 830 as a British General who fought 12 battles and killed 980 men. This was the beginning of his legend, and no proof exists to support he ever existed in anything other than folklore, although this is still debated by scholars today. King Arthur has become legendary along with the other characters of Camelot including his wife Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table.
Interesting King Arthur Facts:
King Arthur is a mythological king said to have been the ruler of Britain during the medieval period.
King Arthur's parents were Igraine the Duchess of Cornwall, and King Uther Pendragon.
King Arthur's nickname was The One, True King of the Britons.
The legend of King Arthur contains many variations. His beginnings are fairly similar in most stories, stating that he was born out of wedlock to the King of Britain, and was only able to succeed the throne by proving himself with an unusual demonstration of strength. He pulled a sword from a stone.
Some scholars believe that King Arthur's name is derived from a Roman name Astorius, while others believe it is Celtic in origin - derived from the word Art-rig meaning Bear King.
The kingdom that King Arthur ruled was called Camelot. The legend of Camelot was not introduced until the end of the 1100s, when a poet DeTroyes added Camelot to the legend.
King Arthur married Lady Guinevere but she later betrayed him when she fell in love with Sir Lancelot - King Arthur's first knight. Legend states that she later married Sir Mordred, King Arthur's nephew and a traitor.
Legend states that King Arthur kept Sir Lancelot's castle besieged for several months and eventually the two came to an agreement. King Arthur got his wife back and Sir Lancelot had to leave and go to France.
King Arthur followed Sir Lancelot to France because he still wanted revenge, and while he was away his nephew Sir Mordred married Queen Guinevere, forcing King Arthur to return.
In the battle that followed King Arthur was fatally wounded.
Legend states that King Arthur was taken to Avalon by the Three Fairies to cure his wounds. He will be awakened one day to once again defend Britain.
King Arthur's sword was called Excalibur.
Some believe that King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are buried in Glastonbury Abbey in Glastonbury, England.
The Knights of the Round Table lived in King Arthur's castle Camelot. The knights had to uphold a Code of Chivalry, which was a set of rules, in order to be part of the Round Table.
The Knights of the Round Table included King Arthur, Lancelot, Gawain, Geraint, Percival, Bors the Younger, Lamorak, Kay, Gareth, Bedivere, Gaheris. Galahad, and Tristan. There are many other knights listed with legends giving different numbers ranging from 12 to more than 150.

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