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Good afternoon We are going to talk to you about King Arthur and answer the question assess the historical debate surrounding the reliability of the Arthurian legend Whist showing how this legend has been significant in contributing to change and continuity in the ancient world King Arthur represents a man who was the epitome of good against evil light against darkness and the never-ending struggle between what is right and wrong He was represented as a mythical king of the Britons and a major figure in the Arthurian legend According to the legend Arthur brought peace to Britain and established a kingdom based on justice law and morality But was this part of history just a legend Did Arthur really exist How much of the legend true These are just some of the questions which have puzzled past and modern historians There is a lot of myth behind the legend but is there also a lot of truth The Arthurian legend is one of the most lasting stories in recorded history It first appeared in the late fifth or early sixth century AD and took its most commonly known forms during the twelfth through to the fifteenth centuries The Arthurian Legend continues to be a popular subject in modern times There are a lot of legends and myths that surround the Arthurian Legend These include - Sword in the stone This is just basically a story of how Arthur became king To overcome strong opposition from the British nobles and rise to his royal claim he successfully pulls the sword from the stone Merlin has cast a spell on the sword so that only the true heir could remove it and become king - Lady of the lake This is another version of how Arthur became king Arthur must overcome the British nobles but this time receives a sword named Excalibur by a hand that rises mysteriously from a lake - Merlin
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