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From the very beginning of our literary heritage there have been legends of many heroes kings and Gods King Arthur is perhaps the best known and most enduring character of all of these legendary figures This essay aims to explore one aspect of the legend namely the death of King Arthur There has been a lot of material written about the legendary King Arthur and although he has been a popular figure inliterature for over 800 years not a lot is known about the real Arthur It is believed that Arthur was a 5the-century British King named Riothamus meaning high king who ruled from 454 - 470 AD and led an army into Gaul where he was defeated by the Goths of Burgundy Two men by the names of Jordanes 6the century and William 11the century contributed to the legend of Arthur Their input was perhaps the real basis of future adaptations of the story Arthur appeared in literature as a national hero in a book written in Latin by Geoffrey of Monmouth called Historia Regum Britanniae meaning History of the Kings of Britain he book supposedly covered history from 1200 BC to 689 AD Geoffrey includes many sources of information with his work but most scholars believe it to be a fictional bibliography added only to give his book some credibility Therefore his work is considered to be literature not factual history Geoffrey is the one responsible for the portrayal of Arthur as a splendid King who conquered the British Isles and much of Europe Introduced by Geoffrey are Guenevere Merlin information about Arthurs strange birth and death and the concept of chivalry Due to the tremendous popularity of Geoffreys book authors like Robert Wace and Chretien de Troyes continued on with the development of King Arthur and his life adding yet more detail and depth to the story Robert Wace concentrated on the Arthurian aspect of the story while Chretien concentrated on the
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