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Tales Of King Arthur Since the romanticizing of the Arthurian legends by Geoffery of Monmouth the historian during the twelfth century the legendary king of England has been the source of inspiration for kings poets artists and dreamers alike The most famous work is probably Sir Thomas Malorys Le Morte dArthur completed around 1470 and published in many abridged and complete versions Malorys work contains in one the legend that had been continually added to over the years by many different writers who introduced such elements as Sir Galahad and the ill-fated love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere Geoffery of Monmouth had been the first to put the legends surrounding Arthur into literary form in his History of the Kings of Britain He described Arthurs genealogy as the son of Uther Pendragon and Igerna or Igraine wife of the Duke of Cornwall and brought in Merlin the magician who disguised Arthur as the Duke in order to romance Igerna at Tintagel Castle while the real Duke was away Geoffery also introduced Arthurs famed court placed at Caerleon-on-Usk and his final battle and defeat at the hands of Modred his treacherous nephew Artos Of The Celts It is almost certain that Arthur did exist although it is unlikely he was a king He is more likely to have been a warrior and Celtic cavalry leader The Saxon invaders who were unmounted would have been at a considerable disadvantage against the speed with which the Celtic company were able to move around the country which would make possible the dozen victories up and down the country that have been attributed to the shadowy figure of Arthur Around the fifth century a resistance movement against Britains invaders including Saxons and Angles from the continent Picts from the North
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