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Did King Arthur Truly Exist and if so who was King Arthur Most people would tell of a great King a devoted circle of heroic knights mighty castles and mightier deeds a time of chivalry and courtly love of Lancelot and Guinevere of triumph and death Historians and archaeologists especially Leslie Alcock point to shadowy evidence of a man who was not a king but a commander of an army who lived during the late fifth to early sixth century who may perhaps be the basis for Arthur By looking at the context in which the stories of King Arthur survived and the evidence pertaining to his castle Camelot and the Battle of Badon Hill we can begin to see that Arthur is probably not a king as the legend holds While stories about the places that Arthur has lived visited and fought at are numerous attempts at pinpointing many of these sites have been futile Arthurs most famous battle the Battle of Badon Hill cannot be ascribed as a location Depending on the historian the Battle of Badon Hill could have been located at many different places According to Alcock the battle at Mount Badon took place on a hill near Bath while Wood attempts to pin the battle at Liddington castle If we are unable to be sure of a location at which a massive battle took place and indeed his most famous how can we be sure that Arthur truly existed Attempts at pinning down Camelot have also proved fruitless Wood describes the difficulty in locating Camelot saying A late local tradition connected Arthur with a hill fort and when the Camelot Research Committee dug there they caused a sensation The Excavators did not in fact find Camelot nor was anything turned up to connect the place specifically with King Arthur This serves to highlight not only the fact that local tradition can skew a story in order to make it more
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