owain of arthurian legend
September 14, 2020

There are several characters from the Arthurian legends who can be identified as real individuals of the fifth and sixth centuries. Owain is one of these individuals. He appears in the legends as one of Arthur’s allies, generally known as ‘Sir Ywain’ in the later romances. Let us now take a look at what we know about…

August 17, 2020

Some of the characters from the Arthurian legends can be identified as definitely historical figures. One of Arthur’s most famous knights, Sir Uriens of Gorre, is one of them. Let us take a look at some of the historical facts about this character, as well as the way he is presented in the legends. The…

brutus of britain
August 3, 2020

Most nations have a legendary founding figure, and Britain is no different. According to the earliest legendary account of the origins of the island, the man who led his nation to ancient Britain and founded the first kingdoms there was named Brutus. Family Let’s first take a look at the legendary family of this man. He…

arthur's grave at glastonbury
July 6, 2020

One of the most exciting things about any historical figure is finding out where their body is now located. And there is good reason for believing that King Arthur was historical (see the article ‘Was King Arthur Real?’). That being the case, his body must be somewhere. Of course, it is not the case that…

Aurelius Ambrosius
June 8, 2020

Relatively few characters from the Arthurian legends can be definitely confirmed as historical. Aurelius Ambrosius is one of them. He was Arthur’s legendary uncle and he had a large part to play in the founding of Arthur’s dynasty and also in the war against the Saxons. Family The earliest account which gives direct details about Ambrosius’s lineage is…

knight chivalry
May 4, 2020

The Code of Chivalry in the Arthurian legends is not something that explicitly appears in the earliest records of Arthur, but it is a key aspect of the medieval romances. It was essentially the moral code of conduct by which Arthur and his men had resolved to live by. These standards made Arthur’s reign the…

romans in britain
April 27, 2020

The Romans had an enormous impact on the Arthurian legends. Not only do they appear in the legends themselves, but their historical actions are intimately connected to what occurred in Arthur’s time. For that reason, it is certainly worth examining this nation in closer detail. Their Origin The Romans were Latins (an Italic tribe) who…

April 13, 2020

After almost 400 years, Roman rule in Britain finally came to an end. However, just as the start of Roman governance in the island was a gradual process, the end likewise took place gradually. First of all, it is important to acknowledge that it is not perfectly understood, and new discoveries are still being made which clarify how it…

Arthur's seat in Edinburgh
March 30, 2020

One of the most famous real-world locations that is said to have a connection to King Arthur is Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh. This is the name of an extinct volcano in Holyrood Park, a royal park composed of a number of different peaks. Arthur’s Seat is the highest of these peaks. It is also the highest point in all of…

The traditional Saxon invasion model.
March 16, 2020

The arrival of the Saxons into Britain is one of the most important events in the whole history of the British Isles, and in fact, the world. If the Saxons had never taken over control of what is now England, then the entire subsequent history of the country would likely have been completely different. Given the impact that the…

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