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King Arthur |
The real and fabled king

King Arthur is drawn from Chapter Nine, beginning on page 236, of Volume Four, Darkness Descends of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit

Poems, movies, books celebrate Arthur’s glorious story

King Arthur - The real and fabled king

King Arthur - The real and fabled king
The Arthur legend has proven to be a rich source of inspiration for the arts, whether literature, movies or painting. Children’s books on Arthur have been many and lavishly illustrated, like this one by Henry Gilbert.

Variations abound, but the central story of the King Arthur legend remains the same. He was born out of wedlock to the king of Britain, remaining ignorant of his heritage until he bested all challengers, aided by a magical sword. As king of Camelot, Arthur ruled with the help of the magician Merlin and the fabled Knights of the Round Table. All was not well, however. A favorite knight, Sir Lancelot, stole the heart of his beloved Queen Guinevere, and Arthur was eventually slain by his wicked sister Morgan le Fay and his jealous nephew Mordred. Versions of the story have been set down by writers including Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cretien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Mark Twain, T. H. White and John Steinbeck. Camelot, the Broadway musical that was said to have inspired the late President John Kennedy, became one of dozens of movies about Arthur, ranging from the adventurous First Knight with Sean Connery to the flippant Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Richard Wagner based his operas, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal, on stories long associated with Arthur and his knights.

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