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King Arthur - Online Paper

King Arthur


By the ninth century people all over were telling the fabulous tales and
romances about Arthur and his kingdom. The common people heard them sung by
bards, while in the court poets wrote different versions. In each retelling
the speaker would select certain details for emphasis and introduce new elements,
so that the story could be adapted to the particular time and audience.
Although most historians believe that there actually did exist an Arthur, they
differ on how major his role was on influencing society during his time.
To understand the most widely accepted view on when and how Arthur
gained fame, one must be aware of the historical time period surrounding Arthur.
The unity that ...

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was referring to that Arthur held
up resistance for the Britons against the Saxons, at a time when Britain was
constantly being threatened by invaders. Through being the commander who routed
the battles against the enemy and thereby saving the south of Britain from
distruction of the Saxons, “Arthur became the image of the hero and savior whose
death people refused to believe in and whose return was yearned for.”
The opinion that Arthur was a genuine figure in history, though not the
glorious King Arthur that most people know him to be, is largely based on the
writings of Nennius, a Welsh historian, who gave the first and only historical
account of Arthur's military career in Chapter 56. The passage starts with a
date.

“After the death of Hengist, his son Octha came from northern Britain
and settled in Kent, whence come the kings of Kent. Then Arthur fought against
them in those days, with the Kings of the Britons, but he himself was the leader
of the battles.”

Here Nennius ...

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of Camlann, in which Arthur
and Modred perished. And there was plague in Britain and Ireland (Jenkins 28).”
These accounts of Arthur are not only the basis for his fame, but they
also show us the broad terrain of Arthur's military activity. While the Battle
of Mount Badon was fought in Southern England, the battle of Cat Coit Celidon,
mentioned in the Historia Brittonum, was fought in Scotland. The implications
of Arthur's widespread battles lead to two conclusions of him. One is his
political position as agent of a number of kingdoms, and the other is his easy
mobility of his forces (Alcock 18).
The mobility of Arthur's army makes it nearly impossible to pin Arthur
down to a ...

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Added: 1/30/2004 08:16:42 PM
Category: English
Type: Free Paper
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