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Who was the legendary hero King Arthur Did he really exist Is their enough evidence to reveal this great mystery To begin to understand the legends surrounding these famous character readers need to answer important questions Did Malory recreate a long lost hero Arthur or were the legends and characters all in his imagination Thomas Malory is almost certain to be Sir Thomas Malory of Newbord Revell Warwickshire He was born into a gentry family that had lived for centuries in the English Midlands near the point where Warwickshiure Leicestershire and Northanmptonshire meetField 115 Of Thomas Malorys early years not much is known When he was 23 records reveal that he was a respectable country landowner with a growing interset in politics115 In 1141 Thomas Malory became dubbed a knight Two years later Sir Thomas Malory married Elizabeth Walsh of Wanlip and they had a son named Robert In 1141 that same year Malory began to start living a destructive lifestyle He was charged with wounding and kidnapping Thomas Smith and stealing his goods but later the charges were dropped He now was evidently a violent lawless individual who committed a series of crimes including poaching extortion robbery and murderField114 From 1451 and on most of his life was spent in prison Historians suspect he probably did most of his writings there Malory received a royal pardon in 1460 and was never tried for any of his past crimes Six months later Sir Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel died This is when some one discovered Morte Darthur So did Malroys life style have anything to do with King Arthur or was it just his imagination After hundreds years of pursuit one has managed to name a founding individual consistent with Arthurian literature and the chronological time he would have had to occupyAshe 20 A man named Riothamus the King of Britons was sent by Leo I in 467 to recapture the British Isles from the
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